Sarah Palin Advances, One Step Closer to the House

Sarah Palin Advances, One Step Closer to the House

Sarah Palin ADVANCES – Here We Go!

( – On August 16, Alaska held its first ever primary election under a new system where the top four vote-getters advance to November’s general election regardless of party affiliation. It seems a familiar name has found its way back into the state’s political big leagues: Sarah Palin.

Palin became the first woman elected to the governor’s office in Alaska in 2006, but she was largely unknown on the national stage. That changed in a moment when the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ) chose her to be his running mate as the vice presidential candidate in 2008.

Now, the former VP hopeful is making a bid for her state’s single seat in the US House of Representatives. On Tuesday, she received enough votes to appear on the November ballot. Palin finished second behind Democrat Mary Peltola by just over four percentage points, and roughly four points higher than third-place finisher, fellow Republican Nick Begich.

All three candidates are also on the ballot in a special general election to fill out the remainder of the term for the seat, which was left vacant when Representative Don Young (R) died on March 18, after nearly a half-century in office. This is the first time a congressional race will use a ranked-choice system in which the lowest remaining vote-getter is eliminated until one candidate gets 50% +1 of the votes.

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