Last night we enjoyed watching Mary Peltola (D) win the late Don Young’s (R) congressional seat for the rest of this term. That she defeated two Republicans is whipped cream, that one of the two Republicans was Mooselini is the cherry on top:
Mary Peltola (D) was the apparent winner of Alaska’s special U.S. House race and is set to become the first Alaska Native in Congress, after votes were tabulated Wednesday in the state’s first ranked choice election.
Peltola led former Gov. Sarah Palin (R) after ballots were tallied and votes for third-place candidate Nick Begich (R) were redistributed to his supporters’ second choices.
Now of course, Republicans are unhappy with this, and Sen.
Q-Tip, er, Beaker, er, Tom Cotton cleared his throat and uttered:
…which is utter nonsense because if the first vote had been allowed to stand, Peltola would STILL have won, because she led after the first round of voting.
And Cotton seems to forget that Republicans in Alaska voted for rank choice voting for some reason having to do with keeping the lunatic fringe from being elected.
Anyway, the race will be repeated for the 2022 midterm elections, and Cotton will probably have to retweet himself when Peltola wins again.
I wish there was ranked choice voting everywhere. That way voters can vote for candidates based on the candidate.
IMO, but it seems correct. 😉
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Not really familiar with Ms Peltola, but I wish her well. Imagine that, Alaskans sent a native Democrat woman to Congress. Not sensing a trend here, but am hopeful that she’ll have a long time to make Congress a better place than the last Rep did…
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Peltola is true Alaskan in every sense of the word and in all the ways Palin is not and never will be.
Somebody remind Cotton that disenfranchising voters (which ranked-choice voting does not do) is what the GOP specializes in. Also, over 20% of Begich’s voters did not pick anyone for second place, and almost 30% picked Peltola. If everyone (or even 60%) who voted GOP for first place did so also for second place, Palin would have won. So they have only themselves to blame. By the way, I read somewhere else that Palin said she did not vote for anyone for second place herself.
Ranked-choice voting is a lot more democratic than first-past-the-post (the normal way we do it).
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Will snow Snookie be smart enough to ride into the sunset?
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The magic eight ball replies, “Very doubtful.”
Palin also managed to alienate Republican voters by a) getting bored being governor and never finishing her term and b) spending more time pallin’ around (pun intended) with her fellow extremists in the lower 48 than with the folks back home. Also bad blood with Nick Begich, it seems.
The Boreal Narcissus has earned her scorn; it is maybe the only thing she has ever earned on her own.