Sarah Palin advances in Alaska special election for open house seat

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Sarah Palin is among three candidates running in Alaska’s special election in August to fill the U.S. House seat vacated after the death of Rep. Don Young.

Young, a Republican, held the seat for 49 years before dying in March at age 88.

Alaska’s novel, mostly mail-in elections, took place on Saturday and included candidates from all parties for the state’s only seat in the House.

Sarah Palin, a Republican seeking the sole U.S. House seat in Alaska, speaks during a forum for candidates, Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Sarah Palin, a Republican seeking the sole U.S. House seat in Alaska, speaks during a forum for candidates, Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Palin was among nearly 50 applicants and enjoyed huge name recognition compared to many others.

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With 132,730 votes counted, Palin had 28.3%, followed by Republican Nick Begich with 19.3% and Independent Al Gross with 12.8%. Democrat Mary Peltola had 8.7% and Republican Tara Sweeney had 5.5%.

The top four will qualify for the special election, which will feature a voter-approved ranked choice system in 2020.

The winner will serve until January, the end of Young’s term.

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Certification of Saturday’s results had been questioned last weekend due to a legal challenge claiming mail-in ballots discriminated against visually impaired voters, but the state High Court ruled that certification could go forward.

Signs supporting Sarah Palin hang in a corner of south Anchorage.

Signs supporting Sarah Palin hang in a corner of south Anchorage.
(Photo by Ash Adams for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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Palin, who was endorsed by former President Trump, was the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee on the late Senator John McCain’s slate and served as Governor of Alaska from 2006 until her resignation in 2009 .

Gross claimed Palin had ‘resigned from Alaska’ in favor of ‘cheap fame’, but Palin said she left office due to a slew of records requests and complaints. ethics, which she called frivolous and distracting.

Nick Begich, a Republican seeking the only U.S. House seat in Alaska, speaks during a forum for candidates, Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska.

Nick Begich, a Republican seeking the only U.S. House seat in Alaska, speaks during a forum for candidates, Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska.
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“I look forward to the special general election so we can showcase our ideas for fixing our country by responsibly developing Alaska’s God-given natural resources, reining in runaway government spending, protecting life human rights, protecting the right to keep and bear arms, and restoring respect for individual liberty and the Constitution,” Palin wrote in a statement posted on Twitter last weekend when she was leading the votes.

Begich comes from a prominent Democratic family in Alaska.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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