Alaska counts final ballots in US House primary

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Elections officials in Alaska say they'll soon have the final results for a close Republican primary battle over the state's only seat in the House of Representatives.

Eighteen-term incumbent Don Young holds a 239-vote lead over Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell. That doesn't include absentee ballots from overseas that are being counted Wednesday.

Elections Director Gail Fenumiai says she hopes to have final results from the Aug. 26 election posted on the Division of Elections' Web site by the end of the day. The division plans to certify the election Thursday.

Young is under federal investigation for ties to a corrupt Alaska businessman.

Each candidate has said he will seek a recount if he finishes on the losing end of a close race.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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