I was a bit surprised by this, but maybe Anchorage has fallen prey to leftist urban creep.

The Anchorage Daily News reports:

Anchorage voters have rejected an initiative that would have regulated access to restrooms and locker rooms by a person’s sex at birth instead of gender identity, a local version of what’s known nationally as a “bathroom bill” that sparked massive spending by an opposition campaign.

The latest election results released Friday show Proposition 1 was failing by a six-point margin, with 77,766 ballots counted. There are fewer than 1,000 ballots left to be counted, election officials said.

Opponents of Prop. 1 declared victory Friday night. Lillian Lennon, an organizer with the Fair Anchorage campaign and a transgender woman, read the results aloud to a small group assembled at the city’s election headquarters on Ship Creek.

“It means that Anchorage stood together as one community against a discriminatory proposition,” Lennon said in an interview later.

Fair Anchorage raised more than $800,000 toward advertising, consulting services, phone banking, events and other campaign activities, making it one of the most expensive campaigns in the city’s history. The records indicate a large infusion of Outside cash from various donors.