CNN projects Alaska special election will head to ranked choice voting tabulation

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The special general election, triggered by Young’s death, marks the first time Alaska has used “ranked choice voting” – a process of asking voters to rank their preferred candidates, voting for the lowest-ranking candidates only in the game come if no one comes above 50%. CNN predicted that no candidate crossed that threshold, meaning it will be a while before the winner is determined, with the ranked pick starting August 31 — the deadline for foreign ballots.

In the race to determine who will serve for the remainder of Young’s term, former Governor Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice president nominee who has not appeared on a ballot since that election loss, will face Nick Begich III, who won the approval of the Alaska Republican Party in April and is the product of a powerful Democratic political family in Alaska, and former Democratic state representative Mary Peltola.

All three candidates and the independent Al Gross advanced to the August special general election after an unbiased special primary in June, but Gross withdrew from the race and encouraged his supporters to support Peltola.

Palin’s attempt at a political comeback comes 13 years after she stepped down from the Alaska governor’s office in 2009 during her only term in office. Since then, she has been a conservative media figure and has supported and campaigned for several Republican candidates, but has largely detached herself from Alaskan politics.

Although Palin was by far the best-known candidate in the race and had the support of former President Donald Trump, who won Alaska by 10 points in 2020, rival candidates and political observers in the state previously said the ranked election process could hurt her chances in the election. special general election. She also faced opposition from voters who were still angry that she had left the governor’s office.
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No matter who wins the special general election to fill the rest of Young’s term, there will be regular general elections in November, which also use ranked electoral votes, to determine who will retain the seat in the next Congress.

Palin, Begich and Peltola were also among the candidates on the primary ballot on Tuesday. All three will advance to the November election, CNN predicted, with a fourth candidate yet to be determined.
In the Senate race, GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski, Trump-backed Kelly Tshibaka and Democrat Patricia Chesbro will advance to the November election, CNN projects, against a fourth candidate to be determined. Murkowski became a target of the former president after she voted to convict him in his impeachment proceedings in January 2021.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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