ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Update: Friday, Nov. 16, 3:10 p.m.:
Democratic challenger Rep. Scott Kawasaki grew his lead to 173 votes over Republican Senate President Pete Kelly in Senate District A on Friday, while Republican candidate for House District 1 Barton LeBon took a 5-vote lead over Democratic candidate Kathryn Dodge. Dodge had been leading by 10 votes after counting of early and absentee ballots began on Tuesday.
Original story: Tuesday, Nov. 13:
Democratic challenger Rep. Scott Kawasaki took a 152 vote lead over Republican Senate President Pete Kelly as the Division of Elections began counting early, absentee and questioned ballots in Fairbanks Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Democratic challenger Kathryn Dodge took a slim 10 vote lead over Republican Barton LeBon in the race for Kawasaki's seat in House District 1.
More ballots from House Districts 1 and 2 are scheduled to be reviewed and scanned throughout this week, which could yet again alter the landscape of the race.
Organization of both the House and the Senate are pending the outcome of the races in Senate District A and House District 1.
The Senate would still be overwhelmingly Republican even if Kawasaki ultimately wins, but House Republicans were counting on a LeBon victory to reach a one-member, 21-19 majority without the Republicans who caucused with Democrats last session.
Rich Mauer contributed to this developing story.