UPDATE: Thursday numbers show Austin Quinn-Davidson holding onto lead in race for Assembly seat

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — New unofficial results show Austin Quinn-Davidson retaining an early lead in the special election for Assembly District 3 Seat E, leading Nikki Rose by 17 percent, a slight drop from Wednesday's lead.

With just more than 20 percent of the total ballots returned, Quinn-Davidson held on to her lead, with 48.9 percent of the 8,551 returned ballots as of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

31.5 percent of returned ballots — 2,685 votes — so far have gone toward Nikki Rose, and 10 percent — 854 votes — for Sam Moore.

At a campaign event Tuesday night, Quinn-Davidson said she's appreciate of the support she's received.

"I just want to thank all the volunteers and people who have been helping with this campaign," Quinn-Davidson said. "We've probably had 100 plus volunteers, just people out, you know, distributing literature, knocking on doors, meeting neighbors, making phone calls, getting out the vote."

At a separate campaign event, Nikki Rose said she feels good about her chances after the release of the first round of unofficial results.

"I am really pleased with the numbers," Rose said. "When I saw the numbers and I saw the supporters, I just knew in my heart I did the right thing and that I was running for the right reasons."

This is a developing story.

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