By Ind Job Info Team
Democrat After winning a special election, Mary Peltola, a former state lawmaker, will be the first Alaska Native in Congress.
“It is a GOOD DAY,” Peltola tweeted following the election results. “We’ve won tonight, but we’re still going to have to hold this seat in November.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., lauded Peltola for “making history as the first Alaska Native ever elected to the Congress.”
Peltola came in fourth place in a crowded nonpartisan primary in June, where 48 candidates competed for one of four seats on the Aug. 16 special election ballot.
The special election was the state's first test of ranked-choice voting, which was instituted following the passage of a 2020 ballot item.
With 93% of votes counted in the ranked-choice results Wednesday night, Peltola had 51.5% of the vote to Palin's 48.5%.
More over two weeks ago, voters decided who will fill the final four months of Representative