Results confirm winner of northern Alaska legislative race

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A recount is likely after the results of a northern Alaska legislative race showed incumbent Rep. Benjamin Nageak lost by only four votes.

    The certified results released Tuesday show Dean Westlake won the House District 40 race with 819 votes, compared to Nageak's 815. A previous unofficial count after the Aug. 16 primary had Westlake in the lead by 21 votes.

    Nageak, of Barrow, is a member of the Republican-led House majority. Westlake was backed by the Democratic party.

    A staffer for Nageak says the office will seek a recount.

    The race for the district has also been challenged by concerns over ballot issues. State elections officials have said a poll worker mistakenly gave election-day voters both a Republican ballot and a ballot with candidates from the other parties.

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