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French, Bell in tight race for Anchorage Senate seat; Fairclough tops Davis

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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 8:48 am | Updated: 11:54 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Sen. Hollis French was in a tight race with Republican Bob Bell.

The lead in their Anchorage Senate race flipped back and forth Tuesday.

French is one of the most ardent defenders of Alaska's oil tax structure. The race was one of the more closely watched, and expensive.

French raised over $230,000 in his bid. French is a member of the Senate's bipartisan coalition and argued there shouldn't be a decrease in taxes without an increase in production.

Bell, an engineer and former Anchorage Assembly member, believes Alaska is on a "fiscal suicide route" if it doesn't lower its oil taxes. He says he wouldn't be in a coalition that has a Democratic majority.

In another Anchorage-area Senate race, Rep. Anna Fairclough of Eagle River defeated Democratic Sen. Bettye Davis.

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