Votes Shift To Kreiss-Tomkins in Nailbiter Race
More absentee ballots were counted in the Alaska House District 34 race on Monday. When the day began, the race was a tie. At the end of the day, the 24-year old newcomer, Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, led the entrenched Republican incumbent Bill Thomas by 28 votes.
Absentee ballots will be counted until Wednesday, the final day they will be accepted. Insiders say that there are only 26 possible ballots to come in. So, even if they all go to Thomas, Tomkins will retail a 2 vote lead. The number of votes separating the two will determine whether Thomas will be able to ask for the state to perform a recount. But until, and unless that happens, we can pretty much call it an almost sure-fired, kind of iron-clad win.
On election night, Thomas trailed Kreiss-Tomkins by 44 votes. He said his campaign focused on turning out early voters, which he said would have a big impact. This was Kreiss-Tomkins’ first political race. His efforts to reach out to the small communities in the district, going door to door in remote areas also seems to have paid off.
The winner of this race will represent the southeast communities of Sitka, Haines, Klukwan, Hoonah, Kake, Angoon, Port Alexander, Pelican and Elfin Cove.