Heath Smith, right, Candidate for State Senate District C, waves signs on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. At left, Charlie Franz shows his support for Rep. Sarah Vance, running for re-election and for the new District 6. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Heath Smith, right, Candidate for State Senate District C, waves signs on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. At left, Charlie Franz shows his support for Rep. Sarah Vance, running for re-election and for the new District 6. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Stevens, Vance lead in preliminary results.

If results hold, incumbents could win on first round of ranked-choice voting.

Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, and Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, appeared on Tuesday night headed to reelection victories.

As of 9:40 p.m., in the Senate District C race, and with 14 of 21 precincts counted, Stevens was prevailing against Heath Smith, R-Homer, and Walter Jones, R-Anchor Point. Stevens led with 4,341 votes or 51.42% to 2,980 votes or 35.30% for Smith and 1,074 or 12.72% for Jones.

For the House District 6 race with 8 or 9 precincts counted, Vance had 3,457 or 61.22% to Louie Flora with 2,002 or 35.45% and Ginger Bryant with 179 or 3.17%.

Under Alaska’s ranked choice voting process, if Stevens and Vance hold on to a majority of more than 50%, they will win the election outright.

“I’m pleased with that,” Stevens said of the preliminary results. “I’m glad to see where it is right now. Hopefully, we’ll know more soon. We’re waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

Preliminary results:

Senate District C, 14 of 21 precincts reporting

Walter H. Jones, Republican, Anchor Point: 1,075, 12.72%

Heath Smith, Republican, Homer: 2,980, 35.30%

Gary Stevens, Republican, Kodiak, incumbent, 4,341, 51.42%

House District 6, 8 of 9 precincts reporting

Ginger Bryant, nonpartisan, Homer, 179, 3.17%

Louie Flora, nonpartisan, Homer, 2,002, 35.45%

Sarah Vance, Republican, Homer, incumbent, 3,457, 61.22%

Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, waves a campaign flag on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. Vance was part of a group supporting Republican Party candidates including Heath Smith, running for State Senate District C, Kelly Tshibaka, running for U.S. Senate, and Nick Begich III, running for U.S. Congress. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, waves a campaign flag on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. Vance was part of a group supporting Republican Party candidates including Heath Smith, running for State Senate District C, Kelly Tshibaka, running for U.S. Senate, and Nick Begich III, running for U.S. Congress. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Republican Party supporters wave signs on Tuesday, Nov. 8. 2022, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska, in support of Republican Party candidates Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, Heath Smith, running for State Senate District C, Kelly Tshibaka, running for U.S. Senate, and Nick Begich III, running for U.S. Congress. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Republican Party supporters wave signs on Tuesday, Nov. 8. 2022, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska, in support of Republican Party candidates Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, Heath Smith, running for State Senate District C, Kelly Tshibaka, running for U.S. Senate, and Nick Begich III, running for U.S. Congress. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Louie Flora, center, a candidate for District 6 State House Representative, waves a sign on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. Behind him is former Rep. Paul Seaton and Tina Seaton, and in front is his wife, Sarah Banks, brother Mikee Flora, and friend Chelsea Jones. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Louie Flora, center, a candidate for District 6 State House Representative, waves a sign on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. Behind him is former Rep. Paul Seaton and Tina Seaton, and in front is his wife, Sarah Banks, brother Mikee Flora, and friend Chelsea Jones. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Friends and family of Louie Flora wave signs in support of the candidate for District 6 State House Representative on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Chelsea Jones, Jon Flora, Sandy the dog, Sarah Banks and Mikee Flora. Louie Flora's children Sidney and Rocco are in the tent to the right. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Louie Flora, center, a candidate for District 6 State House Representative, waves a sign on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. Behind him is former Rep. Paul Seaton and Tina Seaton, and in front is his wife, Sarah Banks, brother Mikee Flora, and friend Chelsea Jones. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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