On election night, we made a quick stop at a downtown Anchorage polling place to ask voters about the emotions they experienced as they cast their ballots.
Some said they felt a mixture of fear and hope, while others, a sense of inclusion – that through their vote, they had a voice.
While campaigns are divisive, elections are a ritual that brings us together as a community and a country, because we agree in advance to honor the collective decision of the voters.
Now the process of honoring the vote begins.
In the end, the races for governor and U.S. House were not as close as the polls projected. Mike Dunleavy cruised to victory as the next governor. And Don Young returns to the U.S. House, to serve in his 24th term. Republicans not only won Alaska’s top jobs, but a majority in both the House and the Senate.
We’ve invited two veteran state senators – Republican John Coghill and Democrat Bill Wielechowski – to help us understand what this latest change in leadership means for the state.
These two are more than just lawmakers, but serious students of Alaska politics – with insights into what we can expect from a Dunleavy administration.
Hope you enjoy our discussion, as we pause to look reflect on a week that has, for better or worse, has changed the course of Alaska history.