Sarah Palin Loses U.S. House Election to Democrat Mary Peltola

On Wednesday, Sarah Palin lost her race for the state’s sole US House seat to Democrat Mary Peltola, who will succeed the late Representative Don Young (R) and serve four months remaining in his term after his death in March.

Peltola, 49, is the first Democrat to win the House race in Alaska since 1973, when Young was elected first out of 25. She was the first Alaska Native to serve in the House, and the first woman to fill the position.

A former state congressman, Peltola collected 51.5% of the final vote in the first statewide election in Alaska that asked voters to rank candidates in order of preference. Palin, a former governor of Alaska who initiated the test by choice, had a rating, 3 percentage points lower, with 48.5% of the vote.

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