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Politics Sarah Palin attempts political comeback in Alaska House race

16:10  16 august  2022
16:10  16 august  2022 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Sarah Palin will attempt a political comeback Tuesday in Alaska’s at-large U.S. House race more than a decade after she left the state’s governor’s mansion. Despite the support of former President Donald Trump and high name recognition in Alaska, a win for Palin is far from guaranteed.

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Palin ran unsuccessfully for vice president as the late Sen. John McCain's running mate in 2008 and resigned as governor the following year before finishing her single term.

After the death of Alaska’s longtime GOP Rep. Don Young earlier this year, Palin entered the race for Alaska’s only House seat with Trump’s backing in a so-called jungle primary that attracted dozens of candidates. Young held the seat for nearly five decades, most of Alaska’s entire history as a state.

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  Alaska uses ranked-choice voting for first time in special election with Sarah Palin Alaska voters will use ranked-choice voting on Aug. 16 in a special election for a House seat that is open for the first time in nearly half a century Three candidates advanced from a crowded special primary in June: Sarah Palin, the former Republican governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee; Republican Nick Begich III, a businessman and former GOP aide; and Democratic state Rep. Mary Peltola.

The race isn’t just a test case for Palin but also for Alaska’s new ranked-choice voting system, which allows four candidates to advance from a primary election.

The special election and its primary were the first elections under the new system, in which voters rank candidates in their order of preference rather than simply choose one candidate. The last-place candidates are eliminated, with their voters’ subsequent choices then going to their next choice's tally. The process goes on for as many rounds as it takes until one candidate reaches a 50%-plus-one-vote threshold and is declared the winner.

The special election includes Republican businessman Nick Begich III and Democrat Mary Peltola as well. Independent candidate Al Gross, who also emerged from the primary, said shortly thereafter that he would withdraw.

Cheney braces for loss as Trump tested in Wyoming and Alaska

  Cheney braces for loss as Trump tested in Wyoming and Alaska CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, a leader in the Republican resistance to former President Donald Trump, is fighting to save her seat in the U.S. House on Tuesday as voters weigh in on the direction of the GOP. Cheney's team is bracing for a loss against a Trump-backed challenger in the state in which he won by the largest of margins during the 2020 campaign. Win or lose in deep-red Wyoming, the 56-year-old daughter of a vice president is vowing not to disappear from national politics as she contemplates a 2024 presidential bid.

Although Palin placed first in the primary, late July polling suggests that her path to Congress will not be smooth. In a field narrowed down to three candidates, a poll by Alaska Survey Research found that Palin was trailing her rivals as voters’ first choice, with Peltola at 41%, Begich at 30%, and Palin at 29%. But in a race narrowed down to two candidates, Begich leads Peltola, while Palin trails her.

Palin has low approval ratings in Alaska stemming from her early departure as governor in what was seen as an effort to maintain her national profile and political celebrity. Palin was the star of a short-lived reality television show about her life in Alaska after she left office.

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Palin is on the ballot for both the special election to finish out Young's term as well as the primary for a two-year term that begins in January. The results of the election will likely take several weeks due to the way Alaska counts absentee ballots.

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