Elections & Voting -  Peltola, Murkowski win in Alaska (32 views) Notify me whenever anyone posts in this discussion.Subscribe
From: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostNov-23 11:08 PM 
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U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola (D), who made history in August when she became the first Alaska Native to represent the state at the federal level, is projected to win a full House term.Under Alaska’s new ranked-choice voting system, Peltola had to wait until Alaska’s Division of Elections revealed the ranked tabulations Wednesday to see if she got over 50% of the vote and won. In the system, voters mark the candidates in order of their preference. If no one receives more than 50% of the vote in the first round ? Peltola narrowly missed that at 48.7% - the last-place candidate’s votes are reallocated according to who their voters picked as their second preference. The process repeats until someone gets more than 50%.

While she had hoped to avoid going to a second round of tabulations, Peltola’s showing in the Nov. 8 election was an improvement over August, when she only won about 40% of the vote in the first round and then squeaked to victory in the second round of ranked-choice voting. That vote determined who would serve the remainder of the term of the deceased Don Young, who died in office earlier in the year.

The Hill:

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is projected to win her bid for reelection to the U.S. Senate, defeating fellow Republican Kelly Tshibaka.

The Associated Press called the race just after 8 p.m. Murkowski won with the state’s new ranked choice voting system after neither she nor Tshibaka secured more than half of first-choice votes, according to the AP. In the second round, the incumbent took the win with 53.7 percent of the vote, to Tshibaka’s 46.3 percent. Murkowski, who has served in the upper chamber since 2002, drew the ire of former President Trump after voting to convict him in his second impeachment trial.Trump subsequently backed Tschibaka in a high-profile effort to oust the incumbent, whom he has called “worse than a Democrat.”

Murkowski underscored her bipartisan record throughout her campaign — and bucked her own party last month when she announced she’d rank Democrat Rep. Mary Peltola first on her ballot in the state’s House race.

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