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Result unchanged after recount in Southeast Alaska House race

Alaska Dispatch

Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, a 23-year-old Democrat from Sitka, will take the seat of Republican Rep. Bill Thomas, after a recount affirmed Kreiss-Tomkins won by 32 votes. Kreiss-Tomkins only lost two votes in Monday's recount, after the previous tally showed him winning by 34 votes.

According to an email sent out by Alaska Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai, the final count came to 4,130 votes for Kreiss-Tomkins and 4,098 for Thomas. 

Thomas, first elected in 2004, was facing a situation that many other legislators found themselves in during the 2012 election cycle; a largely-unfamiliar district thanks to a lengthy redistricting process that saw nearly every state Legislator up for re-election.

Thomas had previously said that Kreiss-Tomkins had more time to campaign, thanks to Thomas' work as a fisherman that took time away from the campaign trail. Kreiss-Tomkins said he had begun operating as a "representative-elect" following the initial count and certification of the vote, and would begin looking at staff for the upcoming Legislative session, which begins Jan. 15.

Monday's recount is the second recount to uphold the original voting results. The first came on Friday, when Sen. Hollis French defeated challenger Bob Bell by 59 votes to retain his West Anchorage seat.