Alaska vote tests Trump’s influence, Palin’s bid and a new election system

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ANCHORAGE — Sarah Palin’s bid to join the U.S. House, Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s effort to keep her Senate seat and Donald Trump’s influence on both of their races will be tested Tuesday in two simultaneous elections in Alaska — with voters casting ballots under unusual new conditions.

On one side of the ballot, Alaskans will vote in a three-way special general election to fill the remainder of the House term left open by Republican Don Young, who was the chamber’s longest-serving member until his sudden death in March. The 45th president has endorsed Palin, a former governor and vice presidential nominee, over fellow Republican Nick Begich III and Democrat Mary Peltola. The election will be Alaska’s first using a ranked-choice system that voters passed in 2020.

Definitive results probably will not be determined for at least two weeks. State elections officials say they won’t start counting second choices and redistributing votes until…

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This article was written by Nathaniel Herz and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com