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Photos: 2012 Alaska primary elections

Cal Williams, a Democrat candidate running for Alaska House District 17, campaigning Aug. 28, 2012, in Anchorage. Alaska Dispatch staff
Liz Vasquez and supporters waving signs on an Anchorage street corner on the eve of the primary election. August 27, 2012
Loren Holmes photo
Liz Vasquez and supporters waving signs on an Anchorage street corner on the eve of the primary election. August 27, 2012
Loren Holmes photo
State Sen. Lesil McGuire campaigns for re-election in Anchorage on Aug. 28, 2012.
Jill Burke photo
Cal William, a Democrat candidate running for Alaska House District 17, campaigning Aug. 28, 2012, in Anchorage. Alaska Dispatch staff
Word cloud based on statements of Alaska Senate candidates as published by the Division of Elections.
Alaska Dispatch illustration
Alaska Dispatch staff

On Tuesday, Alaskan voters went to the polls in a pivotal primary election to decide the makeup of the Alaska Legislature, as well as a ballot measure that would revive the state's Coastal Zone Management Program. In Anchorage, candidates spent the day waving signs, riding Segways and even throwing candy from a tricked-out truck.

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In this year's election, a massive redistricting means that 59 of 60 seats in the Alaska Legislature are up for grabs. Here are some fun facts about the election:

RELATED: Alaska Primary Elections: By the Numbers

Average number of Alaskans represented by one state senator: 31,346

Average number of Alaskans per House representative: 15,673

Change in registered Democrats in Alaska since 1998: -14 percent (approximately 4,000)

Change in registered Republicans in Alaska since 1998: 27 percent (more than 22,000)

Age range of largest registered voting bloc: 25-34 years old

Number of registered voters over the age of 75:  20,389

Number of registered teenage voters:  13,501

Number of votes by which U.S. Rep. Young beat Sean Parnell in 2008 primary:  304

Number of times voters have sent U.S. Rep. Don Young to Washington D.C.:  21*
* including the special election in 1973 that was his first win 

Percentage of Alaska Native constituents in Mountain View and Downtown Anchorage: 4.21

Percentage of Alaska Native constituents in Bering Straits / Interior Villages and the Arctic: 82.11

Bills introduced in 2011-2012 legislative session: 597

Bills passed in 2011-2012 legislative session: 115

Approximate number of paid election workers:  2,255 - 2,693

Amount of money Alaska earned from oil and gas production and surcharges in 2011:  $4.6 billion

Amount of money Alaska earned from other oil-related taxes in 2011:  $757 million

Lowest election primary turnout since 1974: 17.2 % (in year 2000)