Sarah Palin has become Alaska’s most popular politician. Their local success prompted the then-Alaska governor to endorse John McCain for vice president in 2008. Palin has been calling for a political revival in the hands of Donald Trump this year.Like other candidates backed by the former president, he lost. Alaska turned her back on him.
Palin ran twice this year for Alaska’s only seat in the House of Representatives. Although he lost a special election over the death of an incumbent in August, he had a new chance in parliamentary elections on November 8, this time for his regular two-year term. In one of the last seats that still had to be awarded, he lost again.RELATED
He lost both times to Democrat Mary Peltra, the first Alaska Native descendant to reach the U.S. Congress. Pertra’s victory is doubly admirable (and Palin’s loss is doubly painful) because Alaska is clearly a Republican state. The last time Democrats won a House of Representatives election in Alaska was 50 years before him. Nick Vegich did it after he died. The plane on which he was traveling from Anchorage to Juneau disappeared on his October 16th of that year, presumably submerged in the waters of the Gulf of Alaska, but his death came after his November death. After the victory, it was not legally declared until December 29th.
The Republican fell victim to the rejection she induced in a sizeable portion of voters and an electoral system that punished the most divisive candidates. Unlike the districts, Alaska’s four candidates with the most votes in the August primary went to the polls. In this case, in addition to Pertola and Palin, there was also Republican Nick Begich III (grandson of a Democrat who died 50 years ago) and a libertarian candidate.
That caused a split in the Republican vote. To further complicate matters, Alaska has a priority voting system, in which voters rank candidates according to criteria. If no one gets more than 50% of the votes, the person with the lowest number of votes is eliminated and the second choice is considered in a sort of automatic second round. Rejection-inducing candidates like Palin are even harder.
In this case, already on the first ballot, the difference was terrible. Mary Peltola won her 48.7% of the vote. This is about the same as Palin (25.8%) and her Begich (23.4%) combined. Libertarian candidate Chris Bye had less than 2% of his approval ratings. Faced with such distance, Palin [segundo] A vote in favor of the Republicans did him no good. A recount of votes by his second preference of Bye and Begich voters was enough for Peltola to comfortably pass his 50% threshold, as he already did in August.
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Trumpista before Donald Trump
In addition to Palin’s personal failure, the result is also the complete defeat of Trumpism. Her media disdain, her penchant for hoaxes, her climate change denial, her foreign policy ignorance, her arms advocacy, and her populism, you could say she was already a Trump supporter before Trump. He endorsed Trump in his run for the White House, and the former president was now his biggest (and unsuccessful) supporter.
Palin’s case is another example of the limitations of the apocalyptic discourse and Trump’s lack of respect for democracy (Trump has yet to recognize his defeat in the 2020 presidential election). Trump-backed candidates for the Senate in states Republicans were eager to win (New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, etc.) lost. This has sparked debate among Republicans about whether Trump is a candidate who can return to his White House in 2024. Many see the victorious Ron DeSantis, who swept Florida by storm, as an alternative, but Trump is still very popular with Republican supporters and the one to vote in the primary, so set him aside. is not easy.
Either way, Alaska has everything to win the 2024 presidential election, regardless of who the Republican nominee is. Of course, the state has little importance in determining the outcome (he only has 3 electoral votes, because the electoral votes are always the same as the House of Representatives. In this case, 2 Senators and 1 Representative first name).
Trumpism’s defeat in Alaska is even tougher for Trump, as he also lost that state’s senatorial candidate, Kelly Chibaka. He did it in front of Senator Lisa Markowski. Sen. Ski is the only Republican senator to have backed Trump’s conviction in the Senate in his political process (impeachment) that passed the poll review. Murkowski has won many Democratic votes. In the most blatant exception to the political polarization the country is experiencing, Markowski advised Congressmen to vote Peltra in response, saying Democrats would vote Republicans for the Senate.
Along with Markowski, three Republican congressmen who voted against Trump and survived the Republican primary won seats. Another four lost primaries and went against Trump-backed candidates. David Valadao (California) and Dan Newhouse (Washington). Another Trump defeat.
The last seat is awarded and the composition of the House of Representatives is almost completely determined. Currently, Republicans have 222 seats and Democrats have her 213 seats.