Alaska ending election night gathering amid budget crunch

    State election officials, looking for places to cut back, have said they will not be renting a convention center in Anchorage for primary and general election watch parties this year, citing the cost and questioning the state's continued role in the event at a time when results can now be easily accessed online.

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — It's an election night tradition in Alaska: jubilant candidates followed by supporters parade into a convention hall, taking their turn at makeshift TV sets dotting what is known as "Election Central." Republicans mill about with Democrats as race results are projected onto a wall by state election workers.

    But the state is planning to end its involvement in the longstanding event, a casualty of a multibillion-dollar state budget deficit.

    State election officials, looking for places to cut back, have said they will not be renting a convention center in Anchorage for primary and general election watch parties this year, citing the cost and questioning the state's continued role in the event at a time when results can now be easily accessed online.

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