Politics: Midterm results: Peltola beats Palin for Alaska's only House seat

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Democratic Alaska Rep. Mary Peltola beat out a crowded field of challengers, including former governor and one-time vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, to secure a full House term.

Earlier this year, Peltola became the first Alaska Native woman elected to Congress when she won a 48-candidate-deep field vying to finish the rest of Republican Rep. Don Young's term after he died in March. Her win of Alaska's only House seat, which has been held by a Republican for a half-century, gave Democrats hope it could make inroads in Alaska. Following her victory, the Cook Political Report changed its forecast of the race from "likely Republican" to "toss-up."

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The general election rematch saw Peltola not only square off against Palin but also conservative Nick Begich III and libertarian Chris Bye.

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Under Alaska's new election system, voters are allowed to rank their preferences in the general election, with those votes counted until one candidate pulls in more than 50% of the vote. The tally was released Wednesday.

Following Peltola's epic special election win under the new system, Palin as well as members of the Republican Party criticized ranked choice voting, with Palin calling it a "cockamamie system" that is "very, very potentially fraught with fraud."

With less than two weeks to go before the election, Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced she would cross party lines and rank Peltola.

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"Mary is a woman whose heart is as grounded in Alaska as anybody you're going to find," Murkowski said. When asked directly by reporters if she would rank Peltola first on her ballot, Murkowski responded, "Yeah, I am. I'm going to get in so much trouble."

When asked the same question, Peltola said, "I'm voting for her, so we're even-steven."

Alaska pollster Ivan Moore told Politico he found "the synergy between Peltola and Murkowski [to be] very interesting."

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"They draw from substantively contiguous voting groups predominated by Democrats and independents, political moderates, women, [abortion rights supporters], rural residents, Alaskan Natives," he said. "I mean, that was essentially the constituency that wrote in Lisa’s name in 2010. And it is categorically the Mary Peltola constituency too. And so those two, even though they come from different parties, will feed off each other’s energy [in November] in a way that bodes very well for them."

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Peltola is a Yupik native and has worked as a herring and salmon technician for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game before turning her sights to politics. She served in the Alaska House of Representatives for a decade, beginning in 1999.

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Peltola and Murkowski win in Alaska, defeat Trump-backed candidates .
Alaskan voters issued a rebuke of Trump-backed candidates, reelecting Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski.Peltola won out against former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin to serve a full two-year term. Peltola defeated Palin previously in August in a special election to fill the remainder of the late Republican Rep. Don Young’s term.

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