Peltola, 1st Alaska Native in Congress, wins full term
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola has been elected to a full term in the House, months after the Alaska Democrat won a special election to the seat following the death earlier this year of longtime Republican Rep. Don Young. Peltola defeated Republicans Sarah Palin and Nick Begich and Libertarian Chris Bye in the Nov. 8 election.
Results of the ranked choice election were announced Wednesday. Palin and Begich also were candidates in the special election. Peltola, who is Yupik, with her win in August became the first Alaska Native to serve in Congress and the first woman to hold Alaskas House seat. The win also buoyed her fundraising, outpacing those of her rivals in the lead-up to this months election.
Peltola embraced Youngs legacy as she sought the two-year term and was endorsed by his daughters, one of whom presented her with a bolo tie of Youngs at an Alaska Federation of Natives conference where Peltola was treated like a rock star. Young held the seat for 49 years.
Now, Im a real congressman for all Alaska, she said. Young often referred to himself that way. Peltola has described his legacy as one of bipartisanship and building support for Alaska interests in Congress.
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There are the type of people we need in Congress. Glad to see that Palin's electoral career is over.
She has already shown us what she is made of.
Peltola will be a great representative. I'm happy for Alaska.
Dodged a bullet with Representative Palin.
Sarah Vulgara. Let this be it, okay, girlfriend? Youre thoroughly and unquestionably past your sell-by date, and you represent a not-so-impressive past, instead of the future.
Step out of the spotlight while you still mostly have your looks. Time is NOT on your side.
There should be a Alaska native in that seat
There should be Native Americans in some Senate seats as well as the Supreme Court
Sarah lost a seat that was held for 50 yrs. by Republicans - now, that I can be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
BTW - remember Sarah's Turkey slaughter video ??--