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NBC News projects Sarah Palin loses, ending political comeback

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Republican Congressional candidate Sarah Palin speaks to reporters near the corner of Seward Highway and Northern Lights Boulevard on US election night in Anchorage, Alaska, USA, November 8, 2022.

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Sarah Palin, the only Republican female Alaska governor nominated for vice president, has lost a political comeback bid to represent the state in the U.S. House of Representatives, NBC News predicted Wednesday night.

Palin’s loss to Democratic Rep. Mary Peltra Her second loss in the election for a General Assembly seat in Alaska within 3 months.

It took several weeks before the race was called, as the winner was determined by Alaska’s new rank-selection voting system.

In late August, Pertola defeated Palin and another Republican, Nick Begich, in a special election for the seat. was vacated by March Death of Republican Rep. Don Youngserved for about half a century.

Former state legislator Peltra became the first Alaska Native in Congress.

However, she soon faced a rematch with Palin and Begich in a two-year term election.

Peltola finished fourth in June’s independent primary.

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In mid-August, none of the three remaining candidates in the special election received more than 50% of the vote. The winner was determined by a ranked-choice voting system approved by state voters two years earlier.

Palin complained about the ranked choice system after the initial loss, calling its adoption a “mistake”. It showed that the vote was in fact a vote for Mary Peltra.”

“Palin just doesn’t have enough support from Alaska to win the election,” Begich said at the time.

The late Republican Senator John McCain (Arizona) nominated Palin as his vice presidential nominee in the 2008 presidential election, joining Democratic nominee and eventual winner Barack Obama two years earlier. He went up against his running mate, Joe Biden, who was self-elected president.

Palin resigned as governor of Alaska in July 2009, less than a year after her presidential election loss, saying ethical complaints against her threatened to stall the state.

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