Updated on 11/24/2022 at 10:45 am
- Mary Peltola defeated Sarah Palin again for a congressional seat vote.
- Peltola is the first woman and first Native American to represent Alaska in the House of Representatives.
- The renewed defeat, however, is a bitter disappointment for Palin.
Democrat Mary Peltola has once again won the vote for a congressional seat over former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. This was reported by the broadcasters on Wednesday evening (local time). CNN and ABC based on vote counts.
Peltola, 49, already caused a stir when she defeated Palin in a by-election for the House of Representatives in August. The seat had been vacated by the death of longtime Republican Congressman Don Young, which led to the unscheduled election at the time.
No absolute majority: the outcome of the election is only clear with a delay
In the congressional elections about two weeks ago, however, Peltola had to run again because the seat was up for voting as usual. During the so-called midterms, among other things, the entire House of Representatives was re-elected. The big question was whether Peltola would prevail again just a few months later – she once again faced off against Palin and businessman Nick Begich. Because no one achieved an absolute majority in the count on election day, the outcome of the election was only clarified with a delay.
Peltola is the first woman and the first Native American to represent Alaska in the House of Representatives – and was the first Democrat in half a century to represent the state in the special vote in the summer. The renewed defeat, however, is a bitter disappointment for Palin, who was governor of Alaska from 2006 to 2009 and who had gained some notoriety as a former icon of the radically conservative and populist Tea Party movement and as a Republican vice presidential candidate.
The result in Alaska does not change the majority in the House of Representatives. Republicans won a narrow majority there in the US midterm elections and will be in charge there from the beginning of January.
Updated on 11/17/2022 at 7:10 am
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