Republican Sen.Alaska has won re-election, the Alaska Division of Elections announced Wednesday, as did the state’s largest Democratic representative. . Alaska used a ranked choice voting system for both races.
Murkowski – the only Republican up for re-election.Former President Donald Trump fended off a challenge from fellow Republican Kelly Shibaka, who had Trump’s support, in his second Senate impeachment trial. Democrat Pat Chesbrough was also on the ballot.
But the Elections Division announced Wednesday that, after the third round, Murkowski was the winner with 135,972 votes. Tshibaka received 117,299 votes in the final tabulation.
Murkowski tweeted Wednesday. that she is “honored that Alaskans – of all regions, backgrounds and party affiliations – have given me the confidence to once again continue to serve with them and on their behalf in the U.S. Senate.” Is.”
The balance of power in the Senate is still 50 Democrats to 49 Republicans, with the final seat still to be determined.Democrats already have the majority.
There wereIn the race for the state’s only congressional seat. According to the Elections Division, Paltola defeated Trump-endorsed candidate and former governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in the third round.
In the final tabulation, Peltola received 136,893 votes for re-election, compared to Palin’s 129,433. Voters for Republican Nick Begich were split as follows: 43,013 for Palin (66.9%), 7,460 for Paltola (11.6%), and 13,864 with no other choice (21.5%).
Peltula Tweeted Wednesday Night: “We did it!!” Along with a screenshot of a headline about his win, and a video of a dancing crab.
She was first elected to the House this summer in a special election to fill out the term of late Rep. Don Young, becoming the first Democrat elected to the seat in nearly 50 years. She has now been elected for a full term.
In Alaska’s ranked choice voting system, a winner is determined after receiving 50% of the vote. The candidate with the fewest first-choice votes is eliminated, and voters’ second choices are reallocated to the remaining candidates. Then, in the third round, the candidate with the next few votes is eliminated and their votes are redistributed to the remaining candidates – and so on until one candidate reaches the 50% threshold.
With the latest results, CBS News now estimates that in the House of Representatives, Republicans have won 221 seats, and Democrats have won 213 seats. The RepublicansIn the House, albeit a narrow one, only 218 are needed.