Weeks Before Alaska Votes, It Looks Gloomy for Palin

With one month to go before Alaskans decide who will be their new U.S. representative at large for the next two years, signs are gloomy for perhaps the best-known Alaskan of all: Sarah Palin.

Last month, in a nationally watched special election for the seat, Democrat Mary Peltola edged out Republican Palin with just over 51 percent of the vote. The former governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee cried “foul!,” charging that the new ranked choice voting system in the Land of the Midnight Sun was responsible for her defeat.

Now, Peltola, Palin and Republican and third-place finisher Nick Begich will meet again in the general election. Again, the contest will be decided by ranked-choice voting and, as of last week, Palin was running third.

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