Sarah Palin loses election to represent Alaska in Congress

  

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Via:  hallux  •  4 weeks ago  •  35 comments

By:   BBC

Sarah Palin loses election to represent Alaska in Congress

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been defeated in the special election to represent Alaska in the US Congress.

The winner, Mary Peltola, a Democrat, will be the first Alaskan Native to serve as a lawmaker in Washington for the state.

The race was to fill a vacancy left after the former officeholder died. The seat is up for grabs again in November.

Ms Palin, 58, rose to prominence as a vice-presidential candidate in 2008. She has since become a key Trump ally.

Ms Peltola, 49, has flipped a formerly Republican seat in a state that ex-President Donald Trump won by 10 points in 2020.

The former state lawmaker advocated for abortion access, climate action and the state's salmon populations.

Ms Palin, who was endorsed by Mr Trump, outspent her Democratic rival by four to one in the run-up to the 16 August election, according to Politico.

Ms Peltola ran against two Republicans in the state's first ranked-choice election, a system that was criticised by Ms Palin during the race as confusing and unfair.

The Democrat, who is Yup'ik and grew up in a rural part of Alaska, will also become the first woman to hold the seat.

It had previously been held for nearly five decades by the late Republican Don Young.

Ms Palin served as the vice-presidential running mate to Arizona Senator John McCain in 2008, who went on to become a vocal Republican critic of Mr Trump.

She was also governor of Alaska between 2006-09.

While political analysts will search for clues in this special election as to how both main parties may fare in the US midterm elections this November, it is not clear to what degree Ms Palin's big personality was a factor in the outcome.

Her brand of combative conservatism and anti-establishment appeal led many to consider her as the political precursor to Mr Trump.

But some voters questioned her commitment to the state, citing her resignation as governor only partway through her term.

She went on to star on reality TV shows, and launched a high-profile libel lawsuit against the New York Times, which she lost earlier this year.

Ms Peltola served in the statehouse for a decade - and overlapped with Ms Palin during her time there.

The two say they bonded in the Capitol since they were both pregnant at the time.

When Ms Palin left Juneau to hit the campaign trail with McCain, she gave her backyard trampoline to Ms Peltola.

According toAlaska Public Media, Ms Palin - normally a fierce critic of Democrats - recently referred to her rival as a "sweetheart".


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Hallux
Junior Principal
1  seeder  Hallux    4 weeks ago

It appears the other 8 Muses are telling us to ignore Clio.

Congrats to Mary Peltola, a Yup'ik Alaskan .

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1  devangelical  replied to  Hallux @1    4 weeks ago

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Kavika
Professor Principal
2  Kavika     4 weeks ago

Congratulations Mary Peltola the first Alaska Native elected to the US House of Representatives.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
2.1  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @2    4 weeks ago

NA's sure have been trendy during this administration, and that's a good thing for america.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Senior Expert
2.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  devangelical @2.1    4 weeks ago

That's a GREAT thing for America.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
3  Perrie Halpern R.A.    4 weeks ago

Alaska makes a wise decision. Well done! And another qualified native American gets into government!

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
3.1  devangelical  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3    4 weeks ago
another qualified native American woman gets into government!

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
3.1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  devangelical @3.1    4 weeks ago

Thanks for adding that!

 
 
 
Revillug
Freshman Guide
3.2  Revillug  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3    4 weeks ago
Alaska makes a wise decision.

51% of them, anyway.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
3.2.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Revillug @3.2    4 weeks ago

True enough.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
4  Buzz of the Orient    4 weeks ago

But...but...Palin can see Russia from her front porch!!!   jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
4.1  devangelical  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    4 weeks ago

watching that political has been bible spice get defeated is the frosting on the cake.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Senior Expert
5  Gsquared    4 weeks ago

Excellent result!

Mary Peltola's victory shows that Alaskans have their eyes on the future.

Palin's loss shows that Alaskans aren't insane.

Red wave?  Ebb tide.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
5.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Gsquared @5    4 weeks ago
Mary Peltola's victory shows that Alaskans have their eyes on the future. It seems likely then, that had a different Republican advanced to the final round, Peltola would have lost. According to that same poll — which almost exactly nailed the final margin between Peltola and Palin — Begich would have defeated Peltola 55 percent to 45 percent if he had made it to the final round instead of her. 
 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
6  seeder  Hallux    4 weeks ago

Mary Peltola interviewed on Alaska Landmine Radio:

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
7  Trout Giggles    4 weeks ago

Ms Peltola called Palin a sweetheart? Obviously she's a nice woman

I'm very happy for her victory

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
8  Kavika     4 weeks ago

'Really?!' Bewildered Sarah Palin implodes after losing congressional race to a Democrat

The perfect example of a moosh noosh.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
8.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @8    4 weeks ago

Stupid woman. She was governor of the state for how many years and still doesn't know how Alaska handles elections?

She needs to go moose hunting...without a weapon

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
8.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Trout Giggles @8.1    4 weeks ago
She needs to go moose hunting...without a weapon

She never finished her term a governor of Alaska. One can now see why.

 
 
 
evilgenius
PhD Guide
8.1.2  evilgenius  replied to  Trout Giggles @8.1    4 weeks ago
She was governor of the state for how many years and still doesn't know how Alaska handles elections?

This was the first ranked choice vote election in Alaska and why it took so long to declare a winner.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
8.1.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @8.1.1    4 weeks ago

She still should have learned something!

Wait...I forgot who I was talking about

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
8.1.4  Trout Giggles  replied to  evilgenius @8.1.2    4 weeks ago

Ok...I guess I should cut the whiny entitled snowflake a break. She can't count to 3...even using all her toes

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
8.1.5  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @8.1.4    4 weeks ago

the old moose muffin doesn't seem to be holding up too well.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
8.1.6  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @8.1    4 weeks ago

And quit halfway through her term.

Why would they elect the bitch again?

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
8.1.7  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @8.1    4 weeks ago

384

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
8.1.8  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @8.1.7    4 weeks ago

OMG!!!

But what a great idea for a Halloween costume!

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
9  Hal A. Lujah    4 weeks ago

It’s not the fact that Palin was defeated that is so enlightening, it’s the manner in which she was defeated.  Alaskans clearly prefer Republicans … just not that one!  Rank choice voting in Alaska came into existence by way of Republicans.  They just didn’t realize that it doesn’t work for them when lunatics are part of the equation.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
PhD Principal
9.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @9    4 weeks ago

Do you think maybe just maybe it had something to do with the winner being a Native Alaskan?

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
9.1.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @9.1    4 weeks ago

Tell that to Tom Cotton.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
9.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @9.1.1    4 weeks ago

It's none of his damn business! He needs to pay attention to Arkansas...ya know...the state he represents?

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
9.1.3  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @9.1.2    4 weeks ago

I think he forgot about the state as soon as he was elected.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
9.1.4  Ender  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @9.1.1    4 weeks ago

I guess that is going to be a go to from now on. Whenever someone loses call it a scam.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
9.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @9    4 weeks ago
just not that one!

Not Begich either.

 
 
 
afrayedknot
Freshman Quiet
10  afrayedknot    4 weeks ago

“Do you think maybe just maybe it had something to do with the winner being a Native Alaskan?”

Who better to represent the State of Alaska?

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
PhD Principal
10.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  afrayedknot @10    4 weeks ago

Exactly!!

 
 

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