ALASKA 3 Electoral Votes 
link to clickable map
Population 
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Division of Elections)
Total Resident Population, July 1, 2019 est.
731,545
Total Registration, Nov, 2020
595,647 >


Alaska has: 16 boroughs, 11 census areas and 1 unorganized borough.

Largest cities: Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.

Government
Governor: Mike Dunleavy (R) elected in 2018.
State Legislature: Alaska Legislature    House: 40 seats, Senate 20 seats
Local: Communities  DCRA    Tribal
U.S. House: 1R -  At Large: Don Young (R)
U.S. Senate: Dan Sullivan (R) up for re-election in 2020, Lisa Murkowski (R) re-elected in 2016.
2020

U.S. Senate: Sen. Dan Sullivan (R), seeking a second term, defeated Dr. Al Gross (I/D) by 191,112 votes (53.90%) to 146,068 (41.19%), and 16,806 votes (4.74%) for machinist John Wayne Howe (AIP); several write-ins tallied 601 votes (0.17%).
U.S. House:
Rep. Don Young (R), first elected in an 1973 special election and the Dean of the House, now 87 years old, won a rematch with Alyse Galvin (I/D) by 192,126 votes (54.40%) to 159,856 (45.26%).
State Legislature:
10 of 20 Senate seats and all 40 House seats were up.  The Senate stayed at 13R, 7D and the House went from to 22R, 14D, 3o and 1v to 23R, 14D, 3o.
Ballot Measures: 
Voters rejected Ballot Measure 1, North Slope Oil Production Tax, seen as a way of addressing the state's budget crisis, by 57.86% to 42.14%.  Supporting the initiative was Vote Yes for Alaska's Fair Share; while the oil industry led the opposition (OneALASKA - Vote No on 1).  Voters approved Ballot Measure 2: Replacing the Political Party Primary with an Open Primary System and Ranked-Choice General Election, and Requiring Additional Campaign Finance Disclosures by a very narrow margin 174,032 (50.55%) to 170,251 (49.45%) (Yes on 2 for Better Elections  |  Defend Alaska Elections).
Governor:
Gov.
Dunleavy was subject of a recall effort; organizers needed to collect 71,252 signatures of registered Alaska voters (equal to 25% of the total number of voters having voted in the 2018 General Election).  The recall did not qualify for the Nov. ballot, but the petitioning effort continued and was over 60% of the way to its goal.

State of Alaska
Division of Elections

AK Democratic Party
AK Republican Party
AK Libertarian Party
Green Party of AK
AK Independence Party

Anchorage Dispatch News
Media (Newsp.)
TV, Radio

blogs

Politics1-AK
Ballotpedia-AK


The Last Frontier
General Election -- Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 4, 2020.

The Division of Elections reported that the first mailing of absentee ballots was occur on Oct. 2-5, 2020, ahead of schedule.

On Oct. 12, 2020 the Alaska Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that eliminated the witness signature requirement for absentee ballotsódue  to the pandemicófor the Nov. 3 general election (
+).

205,597 votes or 56.89% of the total, were cast before Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020, including:
- 98,816 by-mail delivery
- 53,229 early vote in-person
- 27,686 absentee in-person
 
Official Results >
          
 
Biden/Harris (Dem.)
153,778
(42.77)
Blankenship/Mohr (Const.)
1,127
(0.31)
De La Fuente/Richardson (All.)
318
(0.09)
Ventura/McKinney (Grn.)
2,673
(0.74)
Jorgensen/Cohen (Lib.)
8,897
(2.47)
Pierce/Ballard (Pet.)
825
(0.23)
+Trump/Pence (Rep.) 189,951
(52.83)
w/ins 1,961
(0.55)
Total........359,530

Ballots Cast: 361,400

Ballot Access [PDF]
The Green Party of Alaska eschewed the national Hawkins/Walker ticket and instead ran Jesse Ventura and Cynthia McKinney as its candidates (+).
Overview: Alaska last voted for the Democratic ticket in 1964 and that did not change in 2020.  Trump carried the state's three electoral votes by a margin of  36,173 votes (10.06 percentage points).  He improved slightly on share of the vote but Biden improved more upon Clinton's showing so Trump's margin was considerably off from 14.73 percentage points in 2016.  In 2020 4.39% of voters opted for alternative candidates compared to 12.17% in 2016.  Although the outcome was quite clear, AP did not call Alaska for Trump until Nov. 11 as it was waiting for release of absentee ballot results (>).
[
DOE]  | 
BALLOT  | statements [PDF]
[State Primary: August 18, 2020]
Democrats: Party-Run Primary (All Mail) --  April 10, 2020
Democrats
Ranked Choice Voting (Round 8): Biden 10,834 (55.31%), Sanders 8,755 (44.69%), Total 19,589.  details

19 Delegates: 9 District, 4 At-Large, 2 PLEO, 4 Unpledged.


Republicans


General Election Winners in Alaska, 1992-2016
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
Bush
39.46%
Dole
50.80%
Bush
58.62%
Bush
61.07%
McCain
59.42%
Romney
54.80%
Trump
51.28%
  and the details...

General Election -- Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Voting Eligible Population*: 519,501.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 61.3%.


Registration:
Rep. 143,569 (27.16%)   Dem 78,519 (14.86%)   AI 17,339 (3.28%)   Lib. 7,554 (1.43%)   Grn. 1,706 (0.32%)   Vet. 1,158 (0.22%)   Const. 345   OthParties 36   Non-Partisan 86,151 (16.30%)   Undeclared 192,183 (36.36%)  ...Total 528,560. >
Voter Registration Deadline: Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.

Absentee In-Person and Early Voting started on Oct. 24, 2016.
Official Results >

 
Castle/Bradley (AConst.)
3,866
(1.21)
Clinton/Kaine (Dem.)
116,454
(36.55)
De La Fuente/Steinberg (NA)
1,240
(0.39)
Johnson/Weld (Lib.)
18,725
(5.88)
Stein/Baraka (Grn.)
5,735
(1.80)
+Trump/Pence (Rep.)
163,387
(51.28)
write-ins
9,201
(2.89)
Total........318,608

Overview: Alaska last voted for the Democratic ticket in 1964.  Trump continued the Republican streak, although with the lowest share of the vote by a GOP candidate since Bob Dole in 1996.  The Republican ticket achieved a margin of 46,933 votes (14.73 percentage points).  In terms of visits, Libertarian VP nominee Bill Weld made a two-day visit to Anchorage, rallying at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage on Oct. 27 and speaking at an Our America Initiative Liberty Tour event on Oct. 28.
[Div. of Elections]  |  Clinton  |  Trump
BALLOT [PDF]

See: Nathaniel Herz. "Why the Trump movement never really took off in Alaska." adn.com, Oct. 31, 2016.

General Election -- Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 509,785.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 58.9%.


Registration: Rep. 137,666 (27.17%)   Dem. 73,468 (14.50%)   AI 15,688 (3.10%)   Lib. 7,719 (1.52%)   Grn. 2,007 (0.40%)  Vet. 1,276   Const. 80   Non-Partisan 82,973 (16.38%)   Undeclared 185,824 (36.67%)   ...Total 506,701.

Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 7, 2012
.
Official Results >

 
Johnson/Gray (Lib.)
7,392
(2.46)
Obama/Biden (Dem.)
122,640
(40.81)
+Romney/Ryan (Rep.)
164,676
(54.80)
Stein/Honkala (Grn.)
2,917
(0.97)
write-ins
2,870
(0.96)
Total........300,495

2012 Overview
Four years ago Alaska was the center of attention with Sen. McCain's selection of Gov. Palin as his running mate.  Two years ago there was Sen. Lisa Murkowski's feat of winning re-election as a write-in candidate.  2012 was much quieter.  Romney-Ryan did not fare as well as recent Republican tickets, but still won with a margin of 42,036 votes (13.99 percentage points).  There were no visits from the major party candidates, but both Libertarians Gary Johnson (Aug. 3-4) and Jim Gray (July 4 week) campaigned in Alaska.
Obama  |  (Romney)
Ballot access note: Limited political parties/independents must by Aug. 8, 2012 submit petition signed by qualified votersequal to at least one percent of the number of voters who cast ballots for President at the last Presidential Election (327,341 > 3,273).  See: Presidential Ballot Access in Alaska [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 477,763.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 68.3%.

Voting early or absentee in person began Oct. 20, 2008.  Over 119,000 voted early, absentee or questioned ballots.

Registration:
Rep. 126,583 (25.53%)   Dem. 76,729 (15.48%)   AI 13,810 (2.79%)   Lib. 6,972 (1.41%)   Rep.Mod. 3,939 (0.79%)   Grn. 2,949 (0.59%)   Vet. 1,935 (0.39%)   Non-Partisan 77,227 (15.58%)   Undeclared 185,587 (37.44%)  ...Total 495,731.

Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 5, 2008.
Official Results >


Baldwin/Castle (AI) 1,660
(0.51)
Barr/Root (Lib.) 1,589 (0.49)
+McCain/Palin (Rep.) 193,841
(59.42)
Nader/Gonzalez (Ind.) 3,783 (1.16)
Obama/Biden (Dem.)
123,594
(37.89)
write-ins
1,730 (0.53)
Total........326,197

Ballots cast: 327,341. >
2008 Overview
The Obama campaign had begun a serious organizing effort in Alaska, opening four offices in July.  After Sen. McCain's selection of Gov. Palin as his running mate, the Democratic campaign shifted some of its resources to other states, although it did keep a presence including the four offices.  McCain/Palin carried the state with a margin of 70,247 votes (21.53 percentage points).
Obama/Allies  | McCain/Allies | Nader

General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Voting Eligible Population*: 452,124.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 69.1%.

Approximately 85,000 voted early, absentee or questioned ballots.

Registration: Rep. 117,445 (25.04%)   Dem. 70,930 (15.12%)   AI 15,653 (3.32%)   Lib. 7,296 (1.56%)   Grn. 4,466 (0.95%)   Rep.Mod. 4,363 (0.93%)   Non-Partisan 69,505 (14.82%)   Undeclared 176,663 (37.66%)   Other 2,721 (0.58%)  ...Total 472,160.

Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 3, 2004.
Official Results 439 of 439 precincts

Nader/Camejo (Pop.)
5,069
(1.62)
Cobb/LaMarche (Grn.) 
1,058
(0.34)
Peroutka/Baldwin (AI)
2,092
(0.67)
Kerry/Edwards (Dem.) 111,025 (35.52)
Badnarik/Campagna (Lib.) 1,675
(0.54)
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
190,889
(61.07)
write-ins
790
(0.25)
Total........312,598

Ballots cast: 314,502.
2004 Overview
Bush-Cheney finished with a very comfortable margin of 79,864 votes (25.55 percentage points).
General Election Details



Election Pamphlet statements.


General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Voting Eligible Population*: 419,111.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 68.1%.

Registration: Rep. 116,059 (24.5%)   Dem. 76,561 (16.2%)   AI 19,346 (4.1%)   Lib. 6,884 (1.5%)   Grn. 4,260 (0.9%)   Rep.Mod. 2,094 (0.4%)   Non-Partisan 76,137 (16.1%)   Undeclared 167,132 (35.3%)   Other 5,175 (1.1%)   ...Total 473,648.


Official Results

Nader/LaDuke (Grn.)
28,747
 (10.07)
Browne/Olivier (Lib.)
2,636
(0.92)
Buchanan/Foster (Ref.)
5,192
(1.82)
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
167,398
(58.62)
Gore/Lieberman (Dem.)
79,004
(27.67)
Hagelin/Goldhaber (NLP)
919
(0.32)
Phillips/Frazier (Const.)
596
 (0.21)
write-ins
1,068
(0.37)
Total........285,560

Ballots Cast: 287,825.

2000 Overview
Alaska remained very securely in the Republican column as Bush-Cheney thumped Gore-Lieberman by a more than two-to-one margin.  Bush's margin was 88,394 votes (30.95 percentage points).  Ralph Nader achieved his best showing nationwide in Alaska, receiving 10% of the vote.  Pat Buchanan stumped in the state on Oct. 23-24 and advertised > heavily but could not break 2%.
 
Of interest: Alaska Statutes provide for the candidates to submit position statements of 250 words or less and biographical statements of 150 words or less for the Election Pamphlet.  See how the candidates presented themselves: here.
1992 and 1996 General Elections

1992
Bush (Rep.)...........102,000
(39.46)
Clinton (Dem.)..........78,294
(30.29)
Perot (No P.)...........73,481
(28.42)
Others (6+w/ins)........4,731
(1.83)
Total........258,506


1996
Dole (Rep.)............122,746
(50.80)
Clinton (Dem.).........80,380
(33.27)
Perot (Ref.).............26,333
(10.90)
Nader (Grn.)..............7,597
(3.14)
Others (3+w/ins).......4,564
(1.88)
Total........241,620

Archive Pages: 2016 | 2012 | 2008 | 2004 | 2000