Sarah Palin Laps Field, Including Santa Claus, In Special Alaska House Election

Sarah Palin Laps Field, Including Santa Claus, In Special Alaska House Election


Former Alaska Republican governor and one-time vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin blew away a crowded field that included Santa Claus Saturday in the critical first round of a special election to fill the state’s sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

With 72% of the vote in, Palin had 32,371 votes to just under 20,000 for second-place finisher Nick Begich, brother of former Alaska senator Mark Begich and the favorite of the state’s GOP establishment. The field included 48 candidates vying to replace Rep. Don Young, who died in March. Palin, Begich, surgeon Al Gross, and one other candidate, likely Mary Pelota, will advance to the next round of the state’s first-ever ranked choice, non-partisan primary.

“Thank you Alaska!” Palin tweeted late Saturday after securing the

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