2012 elections review: Few incumbents defeated in Alaska primaries

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August 29, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

The primary season continued yesterday with elections in Alaska, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Vermont.

Here's what happened in Alaska.[1]

Contested Primaries in Alaska -- August 28, 2012
U.S. House
(1 seat)
State Legislature
(59 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 1 (100%) 8 (13.6%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 1 (100%) 25 (42.4%)


U.S. House

United States House of Representatives elections in Alaska, 2012

Alaska has a single congressional seat on the ballot in 2012. A total of 10 candidates filed to run, made up of 5 Democratic challengers, 2 Republican challengers, 1 incumbent, and 2 third-party candidates. A total of 415 U.S. House seats have held primaries. Thus far, 54.94% of possible primaries have been contested. Alaska's contested figure of 100% (2 out of 2 possible party primaries) is more competitive than the national average.

In Alaska's lone congressional district, 39-year incumbent Don Young, with 79% of the vote, defeated challengers John R. Cox and Terre Gales in the closed Republican primary. In the Open primary, state representative Sharon Cissna with 50% of the Democratic vote defeated Debra Chesnut, Matt Moore, Doug Urquidi and Frank Vondersaar for the Democratic nomination, and LibertarianJim McDermott was unopposed and is that party's nominee in the November election.

Members of the U.S. House from Alaska -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 1 1
Total 1 1

State legislature

See also Alaska State Senate elections, 2012 and Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2012

In Alaska, there are 59 total legislative seats with elections in 2012. There were 8 (13.6%) contested Democratic primaries and 25 (42.4%) contested Republican primaries. Thus, there were 33 (28.0%) races yesterday with at least two candidates on the ballot. The 28% figure of contested primaries in Alaska is higher than the current national contested average of 18.4% for states that have had filing deadlines.

Of the 59 incumbents up for election in 2012, 53 (89.8%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 17 (32.1) of those incumbents faced primary opposition -- 4 Democrats and 13 Republicans.


Republican Party District 4 (D): Incumbent Linda Menard was defeated by Mike Dunleavy Approveda in the primary. Dunleavy will be unchallenged in the general election.
Republican Party District 11 (K): Incumbent Republican Lesil McGuire Approveda defeated challenger Jeff Landfield in the primary. McGuire will be challenged by Roselynn Cacy (D) in the general election.
Democratic Party District 13 (M): Incumbent Bettye Davis Approveda defeated challenger Harry Crawford, Jr. in the Democratic primary. Davis will go on to be opposed by incumbent Republican Anna Fairclough in the general election.
Republican Party District 15 (O): Incumbent Thomas Wagoner was defeated by challenger Peter Micciche Approveda. Micciche will be unopposed in the general election.


Republican Party District 1: Republicans Lynette Bergh, Paul Brown, Doug Isaacson Approveda, and David Gardner faced off in an open seat. Isaacson will be challenged by Democratic challenger Janice Golub in the general election.
Democratic Party District 25: Incumbent Pete Petersen Approveda defeated challenger Lynette Moreno Hinz in the Democratic primary. The winner will go on to face incumbent Republican Lance Pruitt in the general election.
Republican Party District 33: Incumbent Republican Peggy Wilson Approveda defeated challengers Agnes Moran and Patricia Mackey in the primary election. Wilson will be challenged by incumbent Kyle Johansen (I) and challenger Matt Olsen (D).
Democratic Party District 40: Democratic challengers Robert Nelson, Adeline Hopson, Benjamin Nageak Approveda, and Greta Schuerch face off in an open seat. The winner will go on to be unchallenged in the general election.

Alaska House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 16 15
     Republican Party 24 25
Total 40 40
Alaska State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 10 7
     Republican Party 10 13
Total 20 20

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