JUNEAU (AP) -- Republican Mike Hawker was declared the winner of an Anchorage House seat following a recount Friday by the state Division of Elections.
Hawker beat nonpartisan opponent Pat Abney by 36 votes in the second tally. Abney had asked for a recount after trailing Hawker by 37 votes after the Nov. 5 election.
Abney is a retired teacher and former Anchorage assemblywoman. Hawker is an accountant. His House District 32 includes the Anchorage Hillside area.
During the recount, seven ballots were discovered to have gone unread by the state's automated vote-counting machines, said division spokeswoman Virginia Breeze.
Division Director Laura Glaiser inspected the ballots and was able to determine the voters' intent, Breeze said. Abney picked up four votes and Hawker received three votes that way, Breeze said.
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