Alaska vote tally drama: 1 vote margin in state rep race

Anchorage Daily NewsNovember 15, 2008 

The closest race of this fall's election in Alaska drew even tighter Friday night, as Rep. Mike Kelly's lead on Democratic challenger Karl Kassel narrowed to a single vote.

Kelly, a Fairbanks Republican trying for his third term in the Legislature, has 5,000 votes.

Kassel: 4,999.

The what-ifs were already creeping into Kassel's mind Friday night as he learned the latest count.

"It's pretty frustrating to miss by such a close margin, but I could probably explain 50 different ways that I could have gotten one more vote," he said.

It might still be out there -- in the mail.

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