ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Nov. 7, 6:00 a.m. Update:
With 433 of 442 precincts reporting, Young is leading Alyse Galvin 126,655 to 107,165 as of 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Veteran Congressman Don Young appears to be holding off a strong challenge from a political newcomer in his bid to win a 24th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
With 390 of 442 precincts reporting, Young is leading Alyse Galvin 123,173 to 103,755 as of 11:26 p.m.
As Congressman young entered the Egan Center, where a private "Election Central" event was being held, he shook hands with supporters, including former Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell. "I've always said it's not about Don Young, it's about getting the job done," Young told reporters.
When asked about the impacts of Democrats taking control of the U.S. House, Young said it's better to be in a minority with a small margin than a large one.
"They (Democrats) will have about an 8 margin. It's going to be interesting right now. When you have a smaller majority, it's better to work with a small minority," Young said. He said a smaller margin means more working together across party lines.
Galvin, who ran as an Independent, raised more money than Young and at least one Alaska-based poll released last week showed Galvin leading the Republican by a single percentage point.
An indication of how close the race became was a move by a GOP Super PAC to set up a last-minute phone bank to remind Young’s supporters to vote.
Throughout the campaign, Young touted his seniority in the U.S. House. With 44 years in office, Young is the chamber’s longest-serving member.
Galvin countered his message by arguing that it’s time for a change.
This is a developing story and will be updated as returns continue to roll in.