Democrat Mary Peltola has won election to the U.S. House, beating Republican Sarah Palin to fill the remainder of the late Congressman Don Young’s term in office.
“I feel like I need to catch my breath for a minute,” Peltola said, speaking to supporters at an office in downtown Anchorage Wednesday after the results were tallied.
Peltola, who surpassed Palin by three percentage points, will be the first Alaska Native person to serve in Congress.
“I will have that distinction,” said Peltola. “But I think what’s most important is that I’m Alaskan and being sent to represent all Alaskans.”
The unofficial results of Alaska’s first ranked choice election were announced Wednesday afternoon on a livestream from the Division of Elections office in Juneau.
Peltola, who represented Bethel in the state House for a decade, was ahead of former Gov. Sarah Palin by almost 9 percentage points when only first-choice ballots were counted.
Peltola won with 51.5% of the vote, to Palin’s 48.5%.
At her campaign headquarters in Anchorage on Wednesday, Palin said she felt “more fired up than ever.” We’ve only just begun to fight for Alaska I feel like,” she said.
The vote will be certified on Friday. Peltola will likely be sworn in the week of Sept. 12, when the House reconvenes after its summer recess. The Speaker of the House could also c