Unofficial primary results show Peltola leading in House race

    Mary Peltola

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The unofficial results from Alaska's special primary election show a close race between the three candidates.

    According to the Alaska Division of Elections, Democrat Mary Peltola holds a slight lead over Republican Sarah Palin. Fellow Republican Nick Begich is ranked third in the results.

    As of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, the results show Peltola with 52,795 votes (37.99%), Palin with 45,542 votes (32.77%), and Begich with 40,639 votes (29.24%).

    Ranked-choice election results won’t be reported for 15 days following the election. The timeline is set by the Alaska Division of Elections and state law.

    Alaska State law allows up to 15 days for an absentee ballot to be received after Election Day, and only first-choice results will be reported for the first 15 days following the election. Preliminary ranked-choice results will be released no earlier than Aug. 31, and official results will likely be certified on Sept. 2. 

    Alaska’s extended vote-counting period is not new or unique to ranked-choice voting; Sen. Murkowski’s election win in 2010 was called after 15 days, and Rep. Don Young's and Sen. Dan Sullivan’s wins in 2020 were called after eight days. For primary elections, Alaska law allows up to 10 days for an absentee ballot to be received.

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