Nageak seeks court intervention in lost primary race

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Lawyers for state Rep. Benjamin Nageak of Barrow allege a number of irregularities during the August primary cost their client the election by eight votes to Democratic challenger Dean Westlake.

    The trial in Nageak's lawsuit started Tuesday. His lawyers want a judge to either order the state to properly tabulate votes and recount them or schedule a new election.

    But attorneys for the state counter there is nothing to indicate the election would be overturned. They also say there was no malconduct on the part of election officials when errors were made.

    Anchorage Superior Court Judge Andrew Guidi is hearing the case without a jury. He told both sides that he expects closing arguments either late next Monday or Tuesday morning.

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