Alaska Supreme Court upholds single-vote GOP victory for state House seat

The Alaska Supreme Court has reportedly upheld a Republican’s victory by a single vote in the race for a seat in the state's House of Representatives.

Friday's decision confirmed Republican Bart Lebon’s narrow victory, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

The win gives Republicans a slim one-member majority in the House, according to the newspaper, which added that Republicans now have 20 members with Lebon, while Democrats have 19.


The decision reportedly comes after Democrat Kathryn Dodge appealed the results of a recount, which was triggered by the close margin.

The Alaska Division of Elections conducted the recount shortly after last year’s midterms, the Daily News reported, and a superior court judge who was appointed as special master recommended that its results be upheld.

Dodge reportedly claimed that officials incorrectly changed the address of one voter to a location outside the district and said two other ballots may not have come from within the district.

In a statement, Dodge said she respects the Supreme Court’s decision and wishes Lebon success in his term as a state representative.

Lebon takes the seat of Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D) to represent the Fairbanks-area district, according to the Daily News, which added that his victory takes on added significance after another GOP representative said he was leaving the Republican caucus in the hopes of forming a bipartisan majority coalition with hopes of controlling the state house.