The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Wolfgang Kurtz
LOG Editor 

Seward/Lowell Point moderates districts' electorate

 

WOLFGANG KURTZ | THE SEWARD PHOENIX LOG

Figure 1. Senate District N Results

With the state electorate being, under most circumstances, a known quantity in terms of partisan affiliation, some regions tend to be less reflexive.

The Seward area is, depending on the race, part of two overall voting divisions. After redistricting based on the 2010 census, the Senate district ranges from Ninilchik to South Anchorage. This Senate District N consists of two largely distinct geographical populations, one mostly within the boundaries of the Municipality of Anchorage and one in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Within District N the number of registered voters in the Anchorage area outweigh the voter base on the Kenai Peninsula. That differential also translated through to the outcome of the 2012 General Election with approximately 8,205 votes cast from Anchorage and around 5,322 votes coming from the Kenai Peninsula.

House District 28 is composed exclusively of Kenai Peninsula voters between two distinct areas, the Northern Kenai Peninsula and the Eastern Kenai Peninsula. Within the defined house district, there are 9,147 registered voters on the Northern Kenai and 4212 registered voters on the Eastern Peninsula.

WOLFGANG KURTZ | THE SEWARD PHOENIX LOG

Figure 2. House District 28 Results

The counts for the State of Alaska senate race between Ron Devon and Cathy Giessel show some notable disparity between Seward and the rest of Senate District N results. Ron Devon is the preferred candidate in Seward/Lowell Point, Bear Creek and Hope and nearly comes out on top in Moose Pass. In Anchorage, Girdwood and Indian also came out for non-partisan Devon. Reference Figure 1.

The results for the partisan presidential race between Obama/Biden and Romney/Ryan run closer to the known predilections of the overall Alaskan electorate as well as Kenai Peninsula voters. Contrasting the two races offers no obvious insight into the outcome on the Eastern Peninsula for the senate race. But it does raise some interesting questions. Especially when contrasting the redrawn house and senate districts with the previous boundaries. Reference Figure 2.

To pursue the rationale behind the recent redistricting that created the present house and senate districts, take a look at http://www.akredistricting.org.

 

Reader Comments
(0)

 
 

Our Family of Publications Includes:

Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2017