The outcome of the Alaska House of Representatives' power structure appears to hang on one vote. Also at stake is the role that Tiffany Zulkosky, who represents most of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in House District 38, will have in the new House organization.
At the end of the vote count over the weekend, the Alaska Division of Elections certified the election on Tuesday with a tie in the race for House District 1 in Fairbanks. Republican Bart LeBon and Democrat Kathryn Dodge both had a total of 2,661 votes, but there was one final vote discovered this weekend which could swing the election to Dodge. However, there are questions surrounding the legality of that vote and a recount is expected to be completed by Friday. KYUK’s Krysti Shallenberger reached Andrew Kitchenman, the political reporter for KTOO and Alaska Public Media, to get a better understanding of the forces at play as lawmakers attempt to organize a new majority in the Alaska House. The interview has been condensed and edited.