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Democrat Mary Peltola Defeats Sarah Palin In Alaska Special Election

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Mary Peltola and Sarah Palin

In an extraordinary upset with the potential to reverberate nationally, Democrat Mary Peltola has won a special House election in Alaska, defeating former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, The New York Times reports.

Peltola, an Alaska native, ran a relentlessly upbeat campaign that implicitly contrasted her reputation for kindness with the bombast and penchant for drama associated with Palin.

She will finish the remaining few months of the term of Representative Don Young, who died in March after serving nearly 50 years as his state’s lone congressman, according to The Times.

Peltola’s victory adds to a series of recent wins for Democrats, most notably the special election for New York’s 19th Congressional District.

The recent victories have injected momentum for Democrats as they try to hold on to the Senate in November as most acknowledge that retaining control of the House will be more difficult.

Read it in The New York Times.