Sarah Palin DEFEATED – What Happened?
(UnitedVoice.com) – During the 2020 General Election, Alaska voters approved a ranked-choice voting system. The state’s residents hoped the new process would combat partisanship in their state. That new polling method has now elected the first Democratic congresswoman in almost 50 years.
On Wednesday, August 31, Democrat Mary Peltola won the special election to replace Rep. Don Young (R), who died earlier this year. She beat former Republican Governor Sarah Palin and conservative Nick Begich to win the seat. The polling results shocked pundits, who expected the GOP to keep the seat.
After her loss, Palin released a statement attacking the ranked-choice system the voters chose two years ago. She claimed the method strips constituents of their will and “disenfranchised 60% of Alaska” residents.
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) September 1, 2022
It might have been more than just the voting system that prevented Palin from making her political comeback. Peltola, who serves as the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’s executive director, ran on a pro-abortion platform. While most view the state as deeply conservative, it also heavily supports reproductive rights, with 63% of voters saying it should remain legal, according to Pew Research.
Either way, Republicans want to take a second look at the new ranked-choice method to ensure it doesn’t silence the majority of the electorate. The three candidates will face off again in November.
What do you think about the new voting system?
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