Alaska is one of 10 states that are most likely to see a change in party control in one or both state legislative chambers after elections on November 6. Although Republicans hold more House seats than Democrats, the Democrats actually control the chamber. The House has 21 Republicans, 17 Democrats, and two Independents, but Democrats formed a coalition with the Independents and three Republicans, electing Democrat Bryce Edgmon as House Speaker.
With all 40 House seats up for election this year, their coalition could be in jeopardy if just a single seat flips. Four Democrats and all three Independents are in districts expected to be among the most competitive. The chances of Republicans taking over may have taken a hit however, when two sitting House members lost their primary elections, including House Minority Leader Charisse Millett.
Other incumbents barely won their primary elections, including Senate Majority Leader Peter Micciche, who led a Senate with 14 Republicans and six Democrats. Ten of those 20 seats will be up for election this November, with seven held by Republicans in districts that President Donald Trump easily won.
Voters have expressed dissatisfaction with reductions in their annual Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks, which distribute tax revenues from oil. The check amounts were set by a formula until