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Alaska incumbent Rep. Mary Peltola wins full term to represent state’s at-large congressional district

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Incumbent Alaska Democratic Rep. Mary Peltra defeated her general election challengers, including former Gov. Sarah Palin, who will represent the Alaska legislative district for her entire term in the House, according to a project by The Associated Press.

Alaska’s only congressional district is now Democratic Rep. Mary Pertra after winning a special election in August to fill the remainder of former Republican Rep. Don Young’s term ending in January 2023. is represented by

Four candidates advanced to the November general election in August, including Pertola, Palin, Republican Nick Begich and libertarian Chris Bye.

The Alaska General Election used Ranked Choice Voting approved by Alaskan residents in 2020, overriding the state’s previous electoral method, which consisted of partisan primaries preceding the general election. In the ranked choice ballot, candidates from all political parties in the general election appeared on the same ballot.

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Left to right: Alaska Republican Congressman Nick Begich, Alaska Republican Congressman Sarah Palin, and Alaska Democratic Congressman Mary Peltra.
(Brandon Bell, Mary Peltra Campaign, Ash Adams for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Ranked choice voting allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference on the ballot. If one candidate receives a majority of the first votes, that candidate will be declared the winner of the race. However, if no candidate receives a majority of the first-choice votes, the candidate with the fewest first-choice votes is eliminated. Following elimination of the candidate with the fewest votes, the voters’ secondary preferences are evaluated and a new tally established to determine whether the candidate in the race received a majority of the votes. This process is repeated until the candidate wins her 50% or more of the votes.

In an opinion piece published in the Anchorage Daily News in October, Palin wrote that the ranked choice voting system, first used in the special election won by Pertola, “represented the Democrats to represent Alaska.” sent to Congress,” he said. , he is one of the reddest states in the country. ”

Alaska Congress Debate: Pertra, Palin, Begich and Quadrangle on Inflation, Gas Prices, Student Loans

All of the candidates in the campaign were given a chance to address concerns among voters in a debate late last month, including record inflation, gas prices and salmon distribution. Alaskan fisheries.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Speaks While Watching Former U.S. President Donald Trump "save america" A rally at the Alaska Aviation Center in Anchorage, Alaska, July 9, 2022.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks as former President Donald Trump looks on during the Save America rally at the Alaska Aviation Center in Anchorage, Alaska, July 9, 2022.
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Palin, who also tried to fill Young’s seat in the August special election, Former President Donald Trump in the race. Palin served as the vice presidential candidate for the late Senator John McCain in the 2008 presidential election and served as governor of Alaska from 2006 until his 2009 resignation.

“Inflation is the highest in 40 years and we are in recession. Shame on our president and his president.” [Democratic] The party refuses to admit that we are suffering from a recession,” Palin said.

“Baby, you need to drill,” she added. “Energy costs drive inflation. Energy costs affect everything we do in America. [and] everything we consume. ”

During the debate, Peltola acknowledged that the US was in recession, saying it had “astronomically high inflation rates across the country.”

Congresswoman Mary Peltra, Democratic Republic of Alaska

Congresswoman Mary Peltra, Democratic Republic of Alaska
(Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images)

“This is especially true in Alaska, when combined with shipping costs,” the representative said.

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“The dysfunctional energy policy that this administration has brought us is a factor in inflation.”

Lawrence Richard of Fox News contributed to this article.

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