Alaska's at-large congressional district

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Alaska's At-large congressional district
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Current Representative Don Young (RFort Yukon)
Area 570,641 mi2
Distribution 65.7% urban, 34.3% rural
Population (2010) 710,231
Median income $57,431
Ethnicity 64.1% White, 3.1% Black, 5.3% Asian, 5.5% Hispanic, 14.4% Native American, 7.6% other
Occupation 22.4% blue collar, 60.5% white collar, 17.1% gray collar
Cook PVI R+12

Alaska's at-large Congressional District is the sole congressional district for the state of Alaska. Based on size, it is the largest congressional district in the nation and is one of the largest electoral districts in the world.

The district has been represented by Republican Don Young since March 6, 1973.

History[edit]

The district was first created when Alaska achieved statehood on January 3, 1959, electing a single member. Since its creation, Alaska has retained a single congressional district.

Voter registration[edit]

Voter registration as of December 3, 2012
Party Total voters Percentage
  Democratic 74,250 14.57%
  Republican 138,781 27.22%
  Minor parties 26,579 5.21%
  Unaffiliated 270,208 53.00%
Total 509,818 100%

Presidential elections[edit]

Average - Democratic (35.47%), Republican (58.48%), Third Party (6.05%)

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Term Notes
District created January 3, 1959
Ralph Julian Rivers.jpg Ralph J. Rivers Democratic January 3, 1959 –
December 30, 1966
Lost re-election, then resigned
Vacant December 30, 1966 –
January 3, 1967
Howard Wallace Pollock.jpg Howard W. Pollock Republican January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1971
Retired
Nick Begich.jpg Nick Begich Democratic January 3, 1971 –
December 29, 1972
Went missing October 16, 1972

Declared dead December 29, 1972

Vacant December 29, 1972 –
March 6, 1973
Don Young, official photo portrait, color, 2006.jpg Don Young Republican March 6, 1973 –
present
Incumbent

Election results[edit]

This district is normally considered safely Republican because no Democrat has been elected since 1972 and because incumbent Don Young has rarely faced a serious challenge since 1992 when he beat Mayor John Devens (D-Valdez) by 4%. Although allegations of corruption against Young led Democrats to target this seat in 2008, Young retained his seat.

1958 to 2004[edit]

Year Republican Democratic Green Libertarian Others Write-in[1]
Candidate Votes Pct Candidate Votes Pct Candidate Votes Pct Candidate Votes Pct Candidate Votes Pct Votes Pct
1958 Henry A. Benson 20,699 42.5% Ralph Rivers 27,948 57.5%
1960 R. L. Rettig 25,517 43.2% Ralph Rivers (inc.) 33,546 56.8%
1962 Lowell Thomas, Jr. 26,638 44% Ralph Rivers (inc.) 33,953 56%
1964 Lowell Thomas, Jr. 32,556 48.5% Ralph Rivers (inc.) 34,590 51.5%
1966 Howard W. Pollock 34,040 51.6% Ralph Rivers (inc.) 31,867 48.4%
1968 Howard W. Pollock (inc.) 43,577 54.2% Nick Begich 36,785 45.8%
1970 Frank Murkowski 35,947 44.9% Nick Begich 44,137 55.1%
1972 Don Young 41,750 43.8% Nick Begich (inc.) 53,651 56.2%
1973 Don Young 35,044 51.4% Emil Notti 33,123 48.6%
1974 Don Young (inc.) 51,641 53.8% William L. Hensley 44,280 46.2%
1976 Don Young (inc.) 83,722 70.8% Eben Hopson 34,194 28.9% 292 0.2%
1978 Don Young (inc.) 68,811 55.4% Patrick Rodey 55,176 44.4% 200 0.2%
1980 Don Young (inc.) 114,089 73.8% Kevin Parnell 39,922 25.8% 607 0.4%
1982 Don Young (inc.) 128,274 70.8% Dave Carlson 52,011 28.7% 799 0.4%
1984 Don Young (inc.) 113,582 55% Pegge Begich 86,052 41.7% Betty Breck (I) 6,508 3.2% 295 0.1%
1986 Don Young (inc.) 101,799 56.5% Pegge Begich 74,053 41.1% Betty Breck 4,182 2.3% 243 0.1%
1988 Don Young (inc.) 120,595 62.5% Peter Gruenstein 71,881 37.3% 479 0.2%
1990 Don Young (inc.) 99,003 51.7% John S. Devens 91,677 47.8% 967 0.5%
1992 Don Young (inc.) 111,849 46.8% John S. Devens 102,378 42.8% Mike Milligan 9,529 4% Michael States (AI) 15,049 6.3% 311 0.1%
1994 Don Young (inc.) 118,537 56.9% Tony Smith 68,172 32.7% Joni Whitmore 21,277 10.2% 254 0.1%
1996 Don Young (inc.) 138,834 59.4% Georgianna Lincoln 85,114 36.4% John J. G. Grames 4,513 1.9% William J. Nemec II (AI) 5,017 2.1% 222 0.1%
1998 Don Young (inc.) 139,676 62.6% Jim Duncan 77,232 34.6% John J. G. Grames 5,923 2.7% 469 0.2%
2000 Don Young (inc.) 190,862 69.6% Clifford Mark Greene 45,372 16.5% Anna C. Young 22,440 8.2% Leonard J. Karpinski 4,802 1.8% Jim Dore (AI) 10,085 3.7% 832 0.3%
2002 Don Young (inc.) 169,685 74.5% Clifford Mark Greene 39,357 17.3% Russell deForest 14,435 6.3% Rob Clift 3,797 1.7% 291 0.1%
2004 Don Young (inc.) 213,216 71.1% Thomas M. Higgins 67,074 22.4% Timothy A. Feller 11,434 3.8% Alvin A. Anders 7,157 2.4% 1,115 0.4%
Year Republican Democratic Green Libertarian Others Write-in

Source: "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 30 July 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2008. 

2006 election[edit]

United States House of Representatives election in Alaska, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Don Young (inc.) 132,743 56.57 -14.50
Democratic Diane Benson 93,879 40.01 +17.65
Libertarian Alexander Crawford 4,029 1.72 -0.67
Green Eva Ince 1,819 0.78 -3.03
Independent William Ratigan 1,615 0.69
Independent Write-In Votes 560 0.24 -.13
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 234,645

2008 election[edit]

United States House of Representatives election in Alaska, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Don Young (inc.) 158,939 50.14 -6.43
Democratic Ethan Berkowitz 142,560 44.98 +4.97
Independent Don Wright 14,274 4.50 +4.50
Independent Write-In Votes 1,205 0.38 +0.14
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 316,978

2010 election[edit]

United States House of Representatives election in Alaska, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Don Young (inc.) 175,384 68.96 +18.82
Democratic Harry Crawford 77,606 30.51 -14.47
Independent Write-In Votes 1,345 0.53 +0.15
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 254,335

2012 election[edit]

United States House of Representatives election in Alaska, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Don Young (inc.) 185,296 63.94 -5.02
Democratic Sharon Cissna 82,927 28.62 -1.89
Libertarian Jim McDermott 15,028 5.19 +5.19
Independent Ted Gianoutsos 5,589 1.93 +1.93
Independent Write-In Votes 964 0.33 -0.20
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 289,804

2014 election[edit]

United States House of Representatives election in Alaska, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Don Young (inc.) 142,260 50.95 -12.99
Democratic Forrest Dunbar 114,317 40.94 +12.32
Libertarian Jim McDermott 21,373 7.65 +2.46
Independent Write-In Votes 1,269 0.45 +0.12
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 279,219

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prior to the 1976 election, official election returns released by the State of Alaska were typewritten rather than computer generated, and write-in votes were not included in published vote totals

Coordinates: 64°N 153°W / 64°N 153°W / 64; -153