Sarah Palin has made a comeback.
After receiving an endorsement from President Trump, the former Governor of Alaska has just come out on top in a special primary runoff.
Sarah Palin had 33% of the vote whereas the second-place finisher Nick Begich (R) had 17%.
Palin will now face Nick Begich (R), Al Gross (I), and Mary Peltola (D) in a four-way run-off in the general election.
It looks as if Sarah Palin (R) 33%, Nick Begich (R) 17% and Al Gross (I) 15% are definitely advancing to the top four general election in #AKAL, with Mary Peltola (D) 8% currently edging out Santa Claus (I) 5% for the fourth slot.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) June 12, 2022
— New York Post (@nypost) June 12, 2022
NBC had more on the story:
Three well-known candidates lead by former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin have advanced to the general election in Alaska’s special House race, NBC News projects.
Republican Nick Begich, the grandson of former Rep. Nick Begich, D-Alaska, and nonpartisan Al Gross, a surgeon, have also advanced to the general election, according to NBC News’ projection.
In August, Alaska voters will rank four candidates to determine who secures the House seat for the final few months of the late Rep. Don Young’s term. Young held the seat for decades and died in March.
This is the state’s first use of open primaries and ranked-choice voting, a system that was implemented after a ballot measure in 2020.
Looks like Sarah Palin (R), Nick Begich III (R), Al Gross (I) and Mary Peltola (D) will be advancing to Alaska's special election for Rep. Don Young's U.S. House seat after this weekend's 48-person free-for-all race.
The special ranked-choice general election will be August 16.
— The Recount (@therecount) June 12, 2022
The New York Post had these details add:
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin pulled out to an early lead in Saturday’s special primary election in Alaska among a crowded field that includes a candidate listed as Santa Claus.
Palin, who is backed by former President Donald Trump, has 29.8% of the vote so far in the race to fill the state’s sole congressional seat.
She is followed by Republican Nick Begich with 19.3%, independent Al Gross with 12.5%, Democrat Mary Peltola with 7.5% and Republican Tara Sweeney with 5.3%.
Santa Claus, a self-described “independent, progressive, democratic socialist” amassed 4.5%.
The top four finishers among the 48 candidates seeking to fill the position that was held for 49 years by the late Rep. Don Young, who died in March, will face off again in a special election in August, in which ranked choice voting will be used.