Former Alaska Governor Sarah Pauline is leading in the state’s 48 – nominee special primary election for a single congressional seat, according to preliminary ballots Sunday.
The first four candidates in the race will advance to the special election in August. Ms. Pauline has so far received 30 percent of the vote; Nick Beckich, heir apparent of the Alaskan political dynasty, 19.3 percent; Al Gross, a surgeon and business fisherman, ran for the Senate two years ago, up nearly 12.5 percent; And Mary S. Peldola, a former state legislator, made up about 7.5 percent.
Ms. Pauline and Mr. Begich are Republicans, Mr. Gross is not affiliated with a party, and Ms. Peltola is a Democrat.
The special election was triggered by death In March The election was held in 1973 to fill the current term of Don Young, the first Republican to be elected to the Lok Sabha.
The special election will take place on August 16, the day of Alaska’s primary election for the 2023-2025 term of the House of Commons. Therefore, voters will see the names of some candidates twice on a ballot: once to determine the outcome of a special election and once to select candidates for the autumn general election for a full two-year term.
For Ms. Paulin, the race was a political comeback. In the 2008 presidential election, Sen. John McCain’s nominee, Joseph R. Ms. Pauline lost the Democratic seat, which included Biden Jr., and she resigned as governor. A well-paid political pundit. Donald Jr. to the White House in 2016. Ms. Pauline tapped into a similar anti-establishment, anti-news media nerve of the Republican Party that encouraged Trump’s unexpected uprising.
The results announced on Sunday are preliminary and may change in the next few weeks as more votes are processed and counted.
Alaska is a sparsely populated state with two U.S. senators but only one representative. That small population is spread over an area larger than Texas, California, and Montana with 82 percent of communities In a state inaccessible by roads.
Counting votes there can be challenging.
Ballot papers have been sent to every voter in the state since April 27, and the ballots will return on Saturday. At least three more rounds of preliminary results will be announced by state officials two weeks before the results are certified.