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Palin lost on bizarre ballot but race is on for November election

Palin lost on bizarre ballot but race is on for November election


Palin lost on bizarre ballot but race is on for November election

Alaska’s bizarre ranked-choice election moved a Democrat candidate into Congress, at least for several months, but defeated Republican candidate Sarah Palin can still win on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Mary Peltola, a former state lawmaker, narrowly won the special election over Palin 51%-48%. The election came after the death of Rep. Don Young.

Peltola will now fill the seat until the end of the current congressional session. That means she will have to run for the seat in November to determine Alaska's at-large member of Congress for the next session.

Chambers, Rob (AFA Action) Chambers

Now that the race is moving toward November, Rob Chambers of AFA Action says there is a chance Republican voters will realize they are losing the state’s lone seat to a Democrat and then back Palin.

“So there is a pathway, I believe,” he says, “for Sarah Palin to win."

The third-place finisher was Republican candidate Nick Begich, who is now eliminated, but many of his votes went to Palin when voters selected a second choice, according to The New York Post.