Sarah Palin suffered a tough loss in elections last night where she lost the special congressional election to Mary Peltola. Palin says she lost due to the new rank choice voting system and she may be right.
Republicans can learn a lot of lessons from the Alaskan election last night
According to The Daily Wire, Former 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who ran for Alaska’s lone U.S. House seat, condemned the special election results Thursday, which used ranked-choice voting to declare her Democrat opponent Mary Peltola the victor.
According to Palin, rank-choice voting was sold as a way to better reflect the will of the people. “As Alaska — and America — now sees, the exact opposite is true.”
Palin’s defeat became clear Wednesday night, two weeks after voters voted in the first-ever ranked-choice election in the state, which uses an electoral system that allows voters to rank candidates by preference in rounds. A candidate can win outright with more than 50% of the vote in the first round.
If no candidate receives at least half of the votes, the lowest-ranking candidate is eliminated. Voters who chose the lowest-ranking candidate as their top pick have their votes count for their second-ranked choice. The rounds continue until two candidates remain, with the victory going to the candidate with the most votes in the final rank.
Palin argues the voting system effectively disenfranchised 60% of Alaska voters, considering Peltola won the state’s House special election with only 40% of first-place votes in the initial count.
NBC News reported Thursday Morning that Peltola defeated Palin 51.5% to 48.5%, with 93% of votes counted in the ranked-choice results.
Alaska Division of Elections website said the system benefits voters. Alex Wagner has more.
According to political consultant Sarah Erkmann Ward, Wednesday’s results serve as a “big wake-up call for Republicans” about how they should vote.
“Today’s reels should illustrate to Republicans very clearly that when they choose not to rank, there’s a good possibility that when their favorite candidate is eliminated, then their vote will no longer be in the mix,” she said, according to the Anchorage Daily News. “That appears to be what happened here.”
Palin also said, “Though we’re disappointed in this outcome, Alaskans know I’m the last one who’ll ever retreat,” “Instead, I’m going to reload.”
IMG 1>>>Trump’s endorsed candidate said she would use the “voting system mistake” to bolster the America First conservative movement and “clean up the mess that Joe Biden and the radical democrats” left behind.
This new rank choice voting system is very unique and it clearly did not favor Sarah Palin. What do you think about rank choice voting and would you like to see it in your state?