Race to replace Begich as Anchorage mayor headed to runoff

Former Assemblyman Dan Sullivan led a crowded field of candidates for Anchorage mayor Tuesday night but he appeared to not have enough votes to avoid a runoff election May 5.

With almost all of the ballots counted, Sullivan had captured 43 percent of the votes cast. He needed more than 45 percent to win the mayor's race Tuesday and avoid the runoff with the No. 2 vote getter.

Former state Rep. Eric Croft will also be in the runoff, running second with about 20 percent of the vote. Assemblywoman Sheila Selkregg was third.

Nearly 2,000 questioned ballots and an undetermined number of early and absentee ballots will be counted next week, before the election results are final.

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