Doll wins Alaska's closest House race

Democrat has 61-vote lead after tally of most of the remaining ballots

Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2006

Democrat Andrea Doll won election to the state House of Representatives on Friday, as state elections officials counted remaining questioned and absentee ballots.

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After the tally Friday, her 62-vote margin over Randy Wanamaker decreased by a single vote.

Doll held a 3,275 to 3,214 lead over Republican Wanamaker in the race for House District 4, said Pam Crowe, regional supervisor for the Election Division.

"After all the waiting, I can finally accept this wasn't a dream," Doll said.

"Now I can accept it, it's true and it's going to happen," she said. "I'm so thankful and grateful to everyone in the valley who voted for me."

Doll's lead on election night was the closest margin in the state, and there were enough uncounted absentee and questioned ballots to change the outcome.

Adding to the drama, absentee ballots counted on election night favored Wanamaker by 57-43. Had the trend held, Doll's lead could have been erased.

Instead, Doll won the additional absentees, adding 210 additional votes to 207 for Wanamaker.

Wanamaker did take more of the questioned ballots, but added only 64 votes to Doll's 60.

Friday's result was almost certainly insurmountable because final deadline for absentee ballots is Tuesday, and few are expected.

Doll said she was only now starting to consider hiring staff for her office and committee assignments. She'd like to be on the Natural Resources Committee and is also interested in Health, Education and Social Services, she said.

Doll also praised Wanamaker for the way the campaign was run.

"Randy ran a very good campaign, filled with integrity," she said. "I have a lot of respect for him."

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