By James Brooks
Alaska Beacon 

Democrat Peltola leads in voting for U.S. House, but Palin close


August 24, 2022

James Brooks/Alaska Beacon

Mary Peltola, Democratic candidate for U.S. House, speaks at an event in Juneau on Aug. 13. The Bethel resident was leading in the race to replace the late Rep. Don Young after initial vote counting from the Aug. 16 primary.

Democrat Mary Peltola is leading Alaska's special election for U.S. House, but the state's new ranked-choice voting system may leave Republican candidate and former governor Sarah Palin the ultimate winner.

As of Aug. 17, with 395 of 402 precincts reporting, Peltola had earned 58,689 (38%) first-choice votes in a race that will determine who fills Alaska's lone U.S. House seat until January, completing the term left unfinished by the death of Congressman Don Young earlier this year.

Palin trailed Peltola with 49,262 (31.9%) of first-choice votes. Republican candidate Nick Begich was in thir...

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