Palin’s House offer comes after meeting with Trump

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin spoke with former President Donald Trump before filing paperwork to run for Congress, and Trump encouraged her to do so, two people told Fox News. sources close to the conversation.

Palin announced Friday evening that she was seeking the House seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Don Young, who died earlier this year after serving 49 years.

SARAH PALIN ANNOUNCES RACE FOR CONGRESS IN ALASKA

“I realize that I have very big shoes to fill, and I plan to honor Rep. Young’s legacy by offering myself on behalf of the service to the state he loved and for which he s is beat, because I share this passion for Alaska and the United States of America,” Palin said in a statement posted on social media platforms.

February 26, 2015: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland (AP)
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February 26, 2015: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland (AP)

Friday was the last day Palin could have entered the race, as it was the deadline for candidates to file for the June 11 primary in Alaska. The 2008 GOP running mate joins a crowded field that contains more than 40 candidates vying for the seat that Young held for nearly half a century.

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The results of the primary election will be announced on June 26 and the top four will qualify for a special election on August 16 where the winner will be chosen by ranked vote, according to Anchorage Daily News.

Paul Steinhauser and Andrew Mark Miller of Fox News contributed to this report.

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