Republican candidate for the US House of Representatives Sarah Palin talks to reporters near the corner of Seward Highway and Northern Lights Boulevard on US Election Night on November 8, 2022 in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Sarah Palin, the only Republican woman to be nominated for vice president, was defeated in her political comeback bid to represent the state in the US House of Representatives, NBC News reported Wednesday night.
Palin was defeated by Rep. Mary Peltola, a Democrat. His second defeat in the election for Alaska’s at-large House seat in less than three months.
It took several weeks for the race to be called because the winner was determined by Alaska’s new ranked choice voting system.
In late August, Peltola defeated Palin and another Republican, Nick Begich, in a special election for the seat. it was vacated by March death of GOP Rep. Don YoungWho held the post for almost half a century.
Peltola, a former state representative, became the first Alaska Native in Congress.
But she immediately faced a rematch against Palin and Begich in re-election for a full two-year term.
Peltola finished fourth in a nonpartisan primary in June.
In mid-August, none of the three remaining candidates received more than 50% of the vote in a special election. The winner was then determined by a ranked-choice voting system that had been approved by the state’s electors two years earlier.
Palin complained about the ranked-choice system after her first defeat, calling its adoption a “mistake”. But Begich said “ranked-choice voting showed that a vote for Sarah Palin is actually a vote for Mary Peltola.”
Begich said at the time, “Palin does not have enough support from Alaskans to win the election.”
The late Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona chose Palin as his running mate in the 2008 presidential race against Democratic nominee and eventual winner, Barack Obama, and his running mate, Joe Biden, who had himself been elected president two years earlier.
Palin resigned as governor of Alaska in July 2009, less than a year after her presidential election defeat, saying that the ethics complaints against her threatened to put the state in jeopardy.