Live Blogging from Election Central

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11:01pm.  Mayoral Bloodbath Round Deux:  Demboski vs. Berkowitz, starting…NOW!

11:00pm.  Result update with of 97.6% precincts reporting:

  • Ethan Berkowitz at 36.84%
  • Dan Coffey at 14.48%
  • Amy Dembowski at 24.31%
  • Andrew Halcro at 21.60%

It looks like it will be a runoff since the magic 45% of votes was not reached by a single candidate.

10:45pm.  Just spotted:  Nick Moe and Samuel Moore.  Not talking with one another, but here.  Also here:  former APD Police Chief Walk Monegan sporting the only Andrew Halcro button in the room.

10:43pm.  The party is winding down.  Media is putting away their gear.  Not so for the Dispatch and APRN.  They are in their own worlds typing away on their keyboards with fury.

10:39pm.  Result update with 93.5% of precincts reporting:

  • Ethan Berkowitz at 37.56%
  • Dan Coffey at 14.33%
  • Amy Dembowski at 23.84%
  • Andrew Halcro at 21.54%

10:30pm.  Alaska Commons called it quits.

10:24pm.  Amy Demboski is being interviewed by the Political Pipeline. “He [Ethan Berkowitz] is for big government and I’m for small government” paraphrasing of Amy Dembowski’s last remarks to Austin Baird.

10:22pm.  The Amy Demboski signs are blocking my view of the rest of the room. Arg.

10:19pm.  A VERY short “Ethan! Ethan! Ethan!” chant happened.  It was quickly shut down.

10:16pm.  It has been whispered to me that Andrew Halcro is not planning on showing up at election central tonight.  Reporters’ faces are a mixture of shock and disgust as this information telephones around the room.

10:15pm.  Reporters are huddling.  Looks like they are about to collectively call the elections.

10:11pm.  Just spotted:  Former Lt. Gov. candidate, Craig Fleener.  Looking really happy and surrounded by lots of people (not just reporters).

10:06pm.  Amy Demboski and supporters have arrived!

10:04pm.  Mayor Dan Sullivan is being interviewed by KTVA (sporting jeans) while Ethan Berkowitz is doing the same over with KTUU.

10:02pm.  Former Rep. Lindsey Holmes (D R-Anchorage) is here.  Talking to notable Republicans.

10:01pm.  Mayor Dan Sullivan has arrived.  Nobody is talking to him.  Awkward.

10:00pm.  Result update with 59.7% of precincts reporting:

  • Ethan Berkowitz at 39.01%
  • Dan Coffey at 13.78%
  • Amy Dembowski at 22.96%
  • Andrew Halcro at 21.34%

9:56pm.  Photographers with better/cooler/flashier cameras than I have flocked to Berkowitz’s interview with KTVA,blocking my view.  Total score for this station on landing the first interview from the candidate.

9:55pm.  The Dems have ARRIVED!!

9:52pm.  There is shouting from the lobby.  Not quite clear what is happening.  It isn’t chanting.  Oh, its Ethan and supporters!

9:40pm.  Tam Agosti-Gisler and supporters have arrived with lawn signs in tow.

9:47pm.  The Dispatch is calling the School Board Seat E for Kathleen Plunkett.

9:38pm.  Result update with 50% of precincts reporting:

  • Ethan Berkowitz at 38.73%
  • Dan Coffey at 13.67%
  • Amy Dembowski at 23.25%
  • Andrew Halcro at 21.48

9:30pm.  Suits (i.e. political wonks) have arrived.  It’s getting real in here.  A definite political divide is already happening in the room.  I guess that article about political leanings and pheromones had something to it.  That or it is a wicked small state and people whose good idea of a Tuesday night is to be on the second floor of the Dena’ina Center is even smaller in number.

9:20pm.  There was a collective gasp though out the room at the results showing a tie between Halcro and Demboski.  Austin Baird with Political Pipeline showed up.  He is sharing a table with Alaska Commons.  Looking rather chummy.

9:16pm.  The room is beginning to fill up.  I’ve moved from my massive conference table of one to a smaller side table.  Bonus:  I have access to a plug and a wall behind me.

8:47pm.  Mayoral candidate Dustin Darden and three supporters just walked into the room.  He had a brief chat with Steve MacDonald about a possible interview.  Now he is talking with the Dispatch table about sign waving today.  FOT6C9B

8:44pm.  People (read reporters at this point) are milling around talking smack about politicians from previous election cycles.

8:30pm.  KTVA just showed up.

8:20pm.  More of the Dispatch team has shown up.  Enough to almost fill a conference table.

8:00pm.  I arrive at Election Central.  Second floor of the Dena’ina Center.  Steve MacDonald with KTUU, Devin Kelly and the Dispatch and the Alaska Commons’ team are all here and setting up for the “big” event.  The room is vacant except for the real journalists…and me.  They are all anxious.  Like race horses at the gate, waiting for the bell.  This is fun!FOT6278











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