Following Sarah Palin’s defeat in the special Alaskan election for a congressional seat on Wednesday, Democrats gained a seat in the House of Representatives.
Rep. Don Young, a Republican, held the at-large seat before his passing in March; Mary Peltola won the election to complete his term.
The first Alaska Native elected to the House was a cause for celebration for Democrats. Additionally, she holds the position of the first woman.
In contrast to Palin’s prominence as a political celebrity, Peltola, a former state senator, ran for office as an ordinary Alaskan.
I don’t have a million dollars. I’m not a well-known figure throughout the world, Peltola stated.
She also spoke out strongly in favor of abortion rights.
“Having a message of working together, optimism, supporting each other, and togetherness and saying that as Americans, none of us are each other’s adversary has been really attractive to a lot of people,” Peltola said. Simply said, “That’s a message people need to hear right now.”
Former President Donald Trump supported Palin’s candidacy, and she was frank in her endorsement of him. She gained notoriety when she was named John McCain’s failed vice presidential contender in the 2008 presidential election.
While Republicans are expected to retake at least half of Congress in the midterm elections in November, Democrats currently dominate the House. They have a small edge to win the seat again in the general election now that a Democrat has won the Alaska seat.
Palin still has a chance of taking Alaska’s congressional seat in the general election in November and winning a full two-year term.
Young has served 49 years in that position.