Legislative races will decide AK Senate control

Aug 19, 2012 -- 1:49pm


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Aug. 28 primary is the warm-up for the main political event in Alaska this year: fall elections that will help decide control of the state Senate. Some Republicans want to break up the Senate's current bipartisan majority, in which Democrats outnumber Republicans. The state House is firmly in GOP control, and that's not likely to change. Three of the Senate's 18 contested seats will be decided in the Aug. 28 primary, and all will stay in Republican hands as there are no Democratic challengers. They include Senate District D, where Mike Dunleavy is mounting an aggressive challenge to first-term Sen. Linda Menard and Senate District O, where Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche ended the July reporting period with more cash on hand than Sen. Tom Wagoner. 

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