Alaska voters overwhelmingly rejected a measure to legalize casino gambling and set up a contest for governor between state Sen. Arliss Sturgulewski (R) and former Anchorage mayor Tony Knowles (D).
In Oklahoma's gubernatorial primary, voters Tuesday narrowed crowded fields in both parties but failed to give any candidate a majority, setting up two Sept. 18 runoffs.
Restaurateur Vince Orza, a political newcomer who got 40 percent of the vote, will face former U.S. attorney Bill Price, who got 27 percent, in the runoff for Oklahoma's Republican gubernatorial nomination. Three other candidates divided the rest of the GOP vote. Gov. Henry Bellmon (R) decided not to seek another term.
In the five-way Democratic race for governor, Wes Watkins, a seven-term congressman, and businessman David Walters finished on top. With 98 percent of the vote counted, Watkins and Walters each had 32 percent. House Speaker Steve Lewis finished third with 30 percent.
In Alaska, with 98 percent of precincts reporting, Knowles had 56 percent and Lt. Gov. Stephen McAlpine 43 percent after what pollsters had predicted would be a tight Democratic race turned into a landslide.
In the GOP race, Sturgulewski had 36 percent, businessman Jim Campbell 32 percent and state Sen. Rick Halford 31 percent.
In other races, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) won his party's nomination for a fourth full term. With 95 percent of the vote in, he had 70 percent to 30 percent for Bob Bird, a high school teacher and antiabortion activist.
In November, Stevens will face businessman Michael Beasley, the Democratic nominee.
In Oklahoma's Democratic primary, Sen. David L. Boren swept to victory in his bid for a third
term and will face Republican Stephen Jones, a lawyer who ran unopposed.
Alaska's casino measure, which would have allowed blackjack and other forms of gambling, lost 65 percent to 35 percent.
Supporters had said gambling would generate revenue. Opponents, including retiring Gov. Steve Cowper (D), argued that gambling would increase crime, create few jobs, cost too much to regulate
and undermine the state's image as a wholesome wilderness paradise.