Anchorage: The Alaska Division of Elections declared on Wednesday that Mary Peltola, a Democrat and former state lawmaker, had won a special election to fill Alaska’s lone US House of Representatives position. She is presently the nation’s first Native American congresswoman from the state.
Peltola outpolled former Republican governor Sarah Palin 51.47 percent to 48.53 percent.Palin gained notoriety for her futile effort to become John McCain’s running mate in 2008.Republican Representative Don Young passed away earlier this year.On November 8, Peltola’s term will end and he will stand for re-election.
She is the first Native Alaskan to hold elected office in a state where Native Americans make up about 20 percent of the population, the highest percentage in the nation. Palin made her maiden run for Congress when she sought for the House seat following McCain’s loss.
She is credited with helping the Republican Party’s far-right side get access.Alaska’s best chance to stop an extreme from winning, according to Peltola, ran for office.