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Shocker! Sarah Palin loses special election.
By Curt_Anderson
August 31, 2022 6:00 pm
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Sarah Palin was endorsed by Trump. The new Alaska representative in Congress is now the Democrat Mary Peltola. Reportedly that's the first Democrat representing Alaska in Congress since 1972.

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  1. by Donna on August 31, 2022 9:54 pm
    Palin lost the primary because Alaska has an open primary election system where registered voters can vote for any candidate regardless of party affiliation. The top two go on to face each other in the general election. I wish every state had that system.


  2. by Donna on August 31, 2022 9:56 pm
    Wait a minute. Was that the general election?


  3. by Donna on August 31, 2022 10:06 pm
    Actually the top 3 go on to the general. The Dem won because the other 2 were Republicans, so the R vote was split.

    If only the top 2 went on to the general, the vote could never be split like that.



  4. by Curt_Anderson on August 31, 2022 10:32 pm
    Donna,
    It was a special (general) election to replace the late Don Young.

    "Ms. Peltola, a Democratic former state lawmaker and Alaska Native, defeated two other candidates who survived the raucous special primary election in June: Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee, and Nicholas Begich III, a Republican..."

    "Peltola, who’s Yup’ik, is a tribal fisheries manager and former state representative who led in initial counts after the Aug. 16 election. But her win wasn’t assured until Wednesday, when Alaska election officials made decisive second-choice counts using the state’s new ranked-choice voting system. Republican Nick Begich III, who finished third, was eliminated, and his supporters’ second-choice votes were redistributed to the remaining candidates."

    Republican voters could have voted Palin as their #1 choice and Begich as their second choice. Alaska has been a reliably red state. It's quite the upset that Peltola won. The bad news is that her term expires in January. She has to run again in November for a full term.
    nytimes.com
    washingtonpost.com


  5. by Curt_Anderson on August 31, 2022 10:51 pm
    "The Supreme Court’s move in June to overturn Roe v. Wade was another major theme of Ms. Peltola’s campaign. More than 60 percent of Alaskans favor abortion rights, breaking with the position held by Republicans like Ms. Palin, who hailed the decision as a victory for states’ rights. Abortion remains legal in Alaska, though the law requires that a patient receive counseling intended to discourage the practice."

    It's been demonstrated in Kansas, upstate NY and in other elections since the Dobbs decision that voters prefer pro-choice candidates.
    nytimes.com


  6. by Donna on August 31, 2022 11:33 pm
    Oh ok. It's a rank choice system. So what I said was bs. Very confusing system.

    We're watching the repeal of Roe blow up in the GQP's face. Most Americans don't like extremists.


  7. by oldedude on September 1, 2022 7:28 pm
    So. whomever posted the thread didn't know much about Alaska voting laws. EVERYONE over a certain percentage of the vote runs again. Two GOP member were in this group. And one dim.

    Move to the next election. Palin ran against another GOP and a dim member. You need to take a look at the stats, rather than just believe what your fed.


  8. by oldedude on September 1, 2022 7:39 pm
    "Oh ok. It's a rank choice system. So what I said was bs. Very confusing system.

    We're watching the repeal of Roe blow up in the GQP's face. Most Americans don't like extremists."


    I'll go with the confusing system, but getting the laws to the states is the constitutional system for this. I don't agree with Colorado's. Got it. If we don't like it, we vote people out and we change it.

    Now I live in FL, and I'm not sure if I like that either (lots of flux, which is not really steady right now). I will make my decisions about it when it calms down and both sides settle down. I will vote people in or out. Locally. Welcome to a "REPUBLIC."

    I also understand there are issues with not having a federal law. This has been an issue with me. That said, I have to go back to the law. No, I don't really like the law of wedded same-sex couples being handed to the states. I understand that. Damnit! But that is the law.


  9. by Donna on September 1, 2022 7:57 pm
    The election started out with 48 candidates: 22 indies, 16 Republicans, and the rest Democrats and other parties. An open primary was held in June and the top 4 vote getters went on to the general election in August.

    Advanced to general election:

    Sarah Palin (Republican),

    Nick Begich III (Republican)

    Mary Peltola (Democratic)

    Al Gross (independent) ( Withdrew after advancing to general election and endorsed Peltola. )





    en.m.wikipedia.org


  10. by oldedude on September 2, 2022 6:48 pm
    That was my point. 2 from GOP vs a single dim. The two GOP split their vote.


  11. by Curt_Anderson on September 2, 2022 7:16 pm
    "That was my point. 2 from GOP vs a single dim. The two GOP split their vote." --OD

    That's not how it works. The two Republicans did not split the vote, as they might in my state or your state (if two Republicans could appear on the same general election ballot) Islander has ranked-choice voting his state. He likes it.

    (538)Instead of picking just one candidate, as voters do in most other states, Alaskans were invited to rank the three candidates on the ballot in the order of their preference. And after all ballots were counted, 40 percent of voters had chosen Peltola as their first choice, 31 percent had chosen Palin and 29 percent had chosen Republican businessman Nick Begich III. Under the rules of ranked choice voting, Begich — as the candidate with the fewest first-choice votes — was then eliminated, and his votes were redistributed to whomever his voters ranked second.

    Unsurprisingly, most of Begich’s votes (50 percent) went to his fellow Republican, Palin. But an impressive 29 percent went to Peltola, and 21 percent were “exhausted,” meaning there was no second-choice pick, and the votes were essentially thrown out. That combination was enough for Peltola to win. While Palin gained more votes from the redistribution than Peltola did, Peltola was starting from a higher total, and receiving 29 percent of Begich’s votes was enough to keep her ahead of Palin. In the end, Peltola received 51 percent of the votes counted in the final round, while Palin received 49 percent.

    fivethirtyeight.com


  12. by oldedude on September 2, 2022 7:38 pm
    I got uninterested in the first paragraph. There is a lot of circular speak in that.


  13. by Curt_Anderson on September 2, 2022 7:55 pm
    Really? I didn't find it confusing. Palin, Sen. Tom Cotton and other Republicans are complaining that ranked voting is too complicated. It does tend to favor more moderate candidates.


  14. by Donna on September 2, 2022 8:55 pm
    Sarah Palin (Republican),

    Nick Begich III (Republican)

    Mary Peltola (Democratic)

    Al Gross (independent) (

    If either Palin or Begich had done what Gross did - withdraw after advancing to general election and endorse the candidate their voters would most likely vote for - the remaining Republican would probably have beaten Peltola.


  15. by oldedude on September 2, 2022 8:58 pm
    So you're saying that having two GOP in did not split the GOP vote. That seems to me to be a bit asinine.


  16. by Donna on September 2, 2022 9:00 pm
    I'm not saying that.


  17. by Donna on September 2, 2022 9:03 pm
    I'm saying, well, what I posted. If Begich or Palin had dropped out of the general election, the Republican probably would have won. Like I already said.


  18. by oldedude on September 2, 2022 9:22 pm
    Donna- You're all good. I understood what you were saying. This was directed at Curt. Who jumped off subject as usual.


  19. by Curt_Anderson on September 2, 2022 9:26 pm
    Donna,
    We will have a chance to test your theory in November when it will probably be Peltola and Palin in a head-to-head match-up. I predict that Peltola will win again.



  20. by oldedude on September 2, 2022 9:37 pm
    So the top three are on the ballot. Same sht, different day.


  21. by Donna on September 2, 2022 9:56 pm
    Alaska's election rules dictate that the top 4 go on to the general election. But there's no rule that a candidate can't drop out like Al Gross did.


  22. by Donna on September 5, 2022 9:31 pm
    LOL! It's going to happen again in November.

    Palin urges Begich to drop House bid; Begich declines



    msn.com


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