Republicans are poised to control the executive branch and both chambers of the legislative branch for the first time since 2014. That's when Mike Chenault served as House Speaker and Charlie Huggins served as Senate President during the Sean Parnell administration.
Former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy, a Wasilla Republican, held a decisive lead over Democratic challenger Mark Begich early Wednesday morning and is poised to succeed incumbent independent Gov. Bill Walker as the state's 14th governor.
"I'm going to hire the right people to do the best job possible, and we're going to implement our agenda," Dunleavy said. "Public safety is number one."