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August 19, 2014 election results: Outcome of Alaska ballot measure election still up in the air

By Brittany Clingen

Alaska

Nearly 24 hours after polls closed for the August 19 primary election, voters in Alaska still are not certain whether the contentious Ballot Measure 1 was approved or defeated. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the election results are still too close to call due to outstanding absentee and early voting ballots, though it appears the state's voters have opted to reject the measure, with about 52 percent voting "no". Those hoping for a "yes" vote on the measure were at first optimistic, as initial returns showed support for the measure leading. However, the early hours of August 20 painted a different picture, one that is looking more and more like the final result: Ballot Measure 1 being defeated by a slim margin of approximately five percent.[1]

The measure, a veto referendum, sought to repeal Senate Bill 21, which was approved by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Sean Parnell (R) last year. The bill implemented a new taxation system, known as the More Alaska Production Act (MAPA), for companies extracting oil in the state. MAPA replaced the former tax structure, Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES), which was ushered in under former governor Sarah Palin (R) in 2007. Those who supported a "yes" vote on Ballot Measure 1 hoped to repeal SB 21, as they felt it was a "giveaway" for oil companies, with little to no upside for Alaskans. Opponents of Ballot Measure 1 wanted to keep MAPA in place and fought for a "no" vote on the measure, believing the tax breaks were necessary to incentivize oil companies to continue drilling in the state.[2][3]

Gov. Parnell, an ardent supporter of SB 21 who opposed Ballot Measure 1, spoke about the apparent outcome of the election, saying, “I think it [MAPA] ought to be given time to work, and the testimony was it will be about three to five years, and I think some of the voters as well who weighed in on the ‘no’ side ... we’re willing to say ‘Let’s give this a chance.’ We saw the production decline under ACES, and it’s time to give another vehicle a chance.”[4] Though the measure now appears poised for defeat, supporters are encouraged by the narrow margin, especially in light of how much money was poured into the opposition campaign versus the supporting one. "I think it's very close, but very exciting, with the millions spent by the oil companies," said Malcolm Roberts, a member of the Yes on 1 steering committee.[1] The opposing groups raised over $14.2 million, while supporters collected just over $487,000.[5]

Stay tuned to this page for updates and final results.


Gov. Sean Parnell cruises through primary, along with Mallott, French and Sullivan: Alaska state executive primary elections review

Alaska

By Maresa Strano

August 20, 2014 Election Review
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JUNEAU, Alaska: On August 19, four state executive primaries were held in Alaska to decide the nominees for governor and lieutenant governor.

Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell handily defeated three challengers for his party's nomination. Meanwhile, former Yukatat and Juneau mayor Byron Mallott, who currently serves as the executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, won the Alaskan Independence-Democratic-Libertarian (or "ADL") primary race for the right to face Parnell in November.[6]

The open seat race to replace outgoing Republican Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell also attracted a sufficient number of candidates to force Republican and ADL primaries. The contests ended with Republican Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan and Democratic state Sen. Hollis French emerging victorious from their respective fields.

All four state executive primary winners were nominated Tuesday by commanding majorities, ranging from 62 percent for French to 76 percent for Parnell, according to unofficial results provided by the State of Alaska Division of Elections. Their margins of victory were equally substantial, especially in Parnell's case. With 99 percent of precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning, a distance of nearly 60 percentage points separates Parnell from the next highest vote-getter, Russ Millette.[7]

Here are the unofficial vote totals from the August 19 gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial primary contests, as well as a peak at the upcoming general election lineups:



2014 elections review: Alaska and Wyoming hold congressional primaries

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Last night's congressional primaries in Alaska and Wyoming did not yield any surprises. Incumbents coasted to victory in each of their respective races and no upsets took place. In Alaska's U.S. Senate race, Republican frontrunner Daniel S. Sullivan defeated Joe Miller, Mead Treadwell and John Jaramillo for the chance to challenge incumbent Mark Begich (D) in the general election. Begich's seat is one of the most vulnerable Senate seats in November.[8]


Wyoming state executive primary elections review: Narrow margin in secretary of state race prevents night of big wins

Wyoming
August 19, 2014 Election Review
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By Garrett Fortin
Cheyenne, Wyoming: The 2014 Wyoming primary elections were held on August 19, 2014. Democrats had no contested state executive primaries, leaving all the action to the Republicans, who voted in four contests with a total of 12 candidates.

Two incumbent Republicans, Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield and Superintendent Cindy Hill, were not seeking reelection in their current seats, leaving races for open seats that attracted several candidates. The other two incumbents, Governor Matt Mead and Treasurer Mark Gordon, ran in the primaries and won easily. Incumbent Republican Auditor Cynthia Cloud had no primary opponents.

Below, Ballotpedia reviews the primary results and introduces the third-party and independent candidates who will be joining the primary contest winners in the November general election.




The Tuesday Count: Minimum wage on the ballot in Alaska, Nebraska and possibly Arkansas

Edited by Ryan Byrne

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Given Alaska's 2014 ballot measures, the Alaska Centennial Commission's choice of “North to the Future” as the state's official motto seems especially appropriate. Alaska's 2014 ballot is composed of four nationally contentious and prominent issues, including marijuana and the minimum wage, as well as a heated veto referendum on taxing oil firms known as Ballot Measure 1. Today's primary election features Ballot Measure 1, which is an attempt to repeal a bill - one that was championed by Gov. Sean Parnell (R) - which granted tax breaks to oil companies.[9]

Like Alaskans, Nebraskans will also vote on increasing their state's minimum wage in November. Labeled Initiative 425 by the Nebraska Secretary of State, the initiative would increase the state's hourly minimum wage to $9.00 by 2016.[10] Voters in Arkansas may likewise vote on raising the minimum wage after supporters submited signatures to get their initiative on the ballot.[11]

At the local level, a number of California measures, including the Berkeley Sugary Beverages and Soda Tax Question and the Santa Barbara County Fracking Ban Initiative, are being contested in the courts. Most of the lawsuits are related to the ballot questions' texts, summaries or official arguments and rebuttals.

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