Alaska incumbent Rep. Mary Peltola wins full term to represent state’s general congressional district
Alaska Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola has defeated her general election rivals, including former Gov. Sarah Palin, to represent her Alaska congressional district for a full term in the House, The Associated Press projects.
Alaska’s only congressional district is currently represented by Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola after she won a special election in August to fill out the remainder of former Republican Rep. Don Young’s term, which ends in January 2023 .
Four candidates advanced to the November-August general election, including Peltola, Palin, Republican Nick Begich and Libertarian Chris Bye.
The Alaska House general election uses ranked-choice voting, a system approved by Alaskans in 2020 that scrapped the state’s previous election method of partisan primaries before the general election. Under ranked-choice voting, candidates from all parties in the general election appeared on the same ballot.
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Ranked Choice Voting allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference on their ballots. If a candidate receives the most first preference votes, that individual is declared the winner of the race. However, if no candidate wins the majority of first preference votes, the candidate with the fewest first preference votes is eliminated. After the candidate who received the fewest first-preference votes is eliminated, voters’ second-preference choices are evaluated and a recount is established to determine whether a candidate in the race received the most votes . This process is repeated until a candidate gets more than 50% of the votes.
Palin, in an opinion piece published by the Anchorage Daily News in October, said the ranked-choice voting system, first used in the special election won by Peltola, had “produced the farce of send a Democrat to Congress to represent Alaska. , one of the reddest states in the country.”
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Late last month, candidates in the race had a chance to address concerns among voters, including record inflation, gas prices and salmon distribution, a key issue specific to Alaska fishing.
Palin, who also sought Young’s seat in the August special election, was endorsed by former president Donald Trump in the race Palin served as the late Senator John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election and previously served as governor of Alaska from 2006 until her resignation in 2009.
“Inflation is at a 40-year high and we’re in a recession. It’s a shame that our president and his [Democratic] The party refuses to acknowledge that we are in a recession,” Palin remarked.
“We gotta drill baby, drill,” he added. “Energy costs are the driver of inflation. Energy costs affect everything we do in America [and] everything we consume.”
Peltola admitted during the debate that the US is in recession and said we have “astronomically high inflation rates across the country.”
“That’s especially true in Alaska when you combine that with shipping costs,” the congresswoman said.
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He added: “The dysfunctional energy policy that this administration has brought us has been a factor in inflation.”
Lawrence Richard of Fox News contributed to this article.