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Sarah Palin advances to November general election for Alaska House seat, NBC projects


U.S. House candidate former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during a “Save America” rally at Alaska Airlines Center on July 09, 2022 in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will advance to the November general election for the state’s sole seat within the U.S. House, NBC News projects.

Republican Nick Begich and Democrat Mary Sattler Peltola can even appear on the autumn ballot, NBC projects. It was too early to call the fourth contender.

A win would mark a political comeback of sorts for Palin, who became a household name when she was tapped to be the vice-presidential running mate in John McCain’s failed 2008 White House bid against Barack Obama.

A darling of the defunct right-wing Tea Party movement, Palin abruptly resigned as governor in 2009

Palin was also competing against each Republican and Democratic candidates to serve the rest of the term for the seat in Congress that was vacated by the death of GOP Rep. Don Young in March.

The special election was conducted using the brand new ranked-choice voting system. NBC projects no candidate will win a majority of the votes in the primary round. Leads to that race aren’t expected to be fully tabulated until later this month.

Palin, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, got here first in the first race in June. Like the previous president, Palin has worked as a political commentator and a reality-TV figure since she gave up the governorship.

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