The special general election, which began with Young’s death, is the first time Alaska is using rank-choice voting—a process that asks voters to rank their preferred candidates, voting only for the lowest-sophistication candidates. Only come into play when no one is above 50%. With CNN estimating that no candidate has passed that threshold, meaning it will take some time before the winner is determined, the ranking choice voting table is set to begin on August 31 – the deadline for foreign ballots to arrive.
In the race to determine who would fill Young’s remaining term, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, who had not appeared on a ballot since that election defeat, pitted against Nick Begich III, who endorsed the Alaska Republican Party. Won, pitted against. April is the product of a powerful Democratic Alaska political family, and former Democratic state Representative Mary Peltola.
All three candidates and independent Al Gross Advanced for August special general election
after a June non-partisan special primary
But Gross withdrew from the race and encouraged his supporters to support Peltola.
Palin’s attempted political comeback came 13 years after she resigned as Alaska’s governor in 2009, during her only term. Since then, she has been a conservative media personality and has supported and campaigned with various Republican candidates, but has been largely detached from Alaskan politics.
Although Palin was by far the most famous candidate in the race and had Support for former President Donald Trump
, who led Alaska by 10 points in 2020, rival candidates in the state and political observers have previously said the choice voting process could hurt their chances in the special general election. He also faced opposition from voters, who are still angry that he stepped down as governor.
No matter who wins the special general election to fill Young’s remaining term, a regular general election will take place, which will use rank-choice voting in November to determine who will hold the seat in the next Congress.
Palin, Begich and Peltola were also among the candidates voted for Tuesday’s primary election. All three will go ahead in the November election, CNN Estimated
To be determined with the fourth candidate.
In the Senate race, GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Trump-backed Kelly Shibaka and Democrat Patricia Chesbrow will lead in November’s election, CNN Projects
, to be determined against the fourth candidate. After Murkowski she came under target of former president voted to convict him
In his impeachment trial in January 2021.