Sarah Palin lashes out at Republican opponent after special election loss, even refuses to name winner Mary Peltola

Sarah Palin lashes out at Republican opponent after special election loss, even refuses to name winner Mary Peltola

Sarah Palin lashes out at Republican opponent after special election loss, even refuses to name winner Mary Peltola

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin reprimanded her Republican opponent Nick Begich III for costing Republicans the special election and called on him to withdraw from the race.

“Nick Begich is now three times a loser,” Palin said in a statement on Thursday. “His ego-driven help after repeatedly failing to secure a majority of the Republican vote while consistently winning the vote has only cost Republicans a seat in Congress.”

Ms. Palin’s statement comes after she lost to Democrat Mary Peltola, who became the first Democrat to win Alaska’s major congressional district in nearly 50 years.

Alaska uses a ranked electoral system, with voters stating their preferred candidate by preference. If a candidate comes in last place, they are eliminated and their votes go to the voters’ second choice. Mr. Begich finished in third place in the special election and while half of his voters placed Ms. Palin in second place, a large proportion chose Ms. Peltola or none at all.

The state held the special election after Alaska’s longtime Representative Don Young died in March at age 88. Ms. Palin, who served as governor from 2007 to 2009 and abruptly left the governorship less than a year after her failed run as John McCain’s running mate, jumped into the race shortly after a special election was announced

“What happened during the special general election vote is not the will of the people who see what the Biden agenda is doing to America,” Ms Palin’s statement continued. “Instead, it’s the will of a corrupt political establishment and the negative Nick played his part perfectly by dividing the Republicans with his dirty campaigns.”

Ms Palin accuses Mr Begich of assaulting Mr Young even before his death and accused him of being a crypto Democrat. His grandfather, Nick Begich, had been a Democratic congressman before Young and his uncle Mark were a Democratic senator.

“If Begich cares about the people of Alaska and the Republican Party he claims to belong to, then he should accept reality—take the loss like a real Alaskan man—so Republican voters can rally behind their favorite candidate and support Alaska’s only seat in the US House of Representatives,” she wrote.

Mr. Begich and Ms. Palin were engaged in a vicious fight throughout the race, with Mr. Begich calling her a “quitter” and the family of Ms. Palin’s ex-husband Todd Palin even throwing a campaign party for Mr. Begich.

Ms. Palin also called on Alaska’s Division of Elections to release all data, particularly citing Dominion Voting Systems — which has become an enemy in right-wing conspiracy circles for stealing Donald Trump’s 2020 election — as well as why it was rejected some ballots and the reason why it took so long to hold elections.

Mr Begich, for his part, has criticized Ms Palin as ineligible.

“The result is in line with what pollsters have been telling us for months: Sarah Palin can’t win a statewide race because her unfavorable rating is too high,” he said.

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