Murkowski, Peltola win re-election bids – JP


In the House, Democrat Mary Peltola, who was elected to Congress last August to finish the remainder of late GOP Rep. Don Young’s term, beat Republicans Sarah Palin and Nick Begich III to win her first full term in Congress. Peltola, buoyed by the support of independents and Republicans including Murkowski, led Palin by almost 10 points when the Associated Press called the race Nov. 23.

She won fiercely independent Alaska behind a nonpartisan motto of “Fish, Family, and Freedom.” Peltola also defeated Libertarian Chris Bye.

Alaska changed its election law this year to one in which voters rank their choices of up to four candidates on the ballot. If no one gets more than 50 percent in the first tally, then the last-place finisher is eliminated and his or her voters’ second choices are allocated. The process repeats until a candidate tops 50 percent.

Chris Cioffi contributed to this report.

Las Vegas News Magazine

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