It’s still Palin, Begich, Gross and Peltola in Alaska US House race

Sarah Palin speaks to a woman in a red baseball cap at a campaign event
Sarah Palin greeted well-wishers at a campaign rally in Anchorage on June 2, 2022. Palin lost a percentage point in the latest count, to 28%, but still leads the field by a wide margin. (Photo by Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)

The Division of Elections has updated results in the special primary for U.S. House, and the finish order remains unchanged.

Republican Sarah Palin lost a percentage point in the latest count, to 28%. Republican Nick Begich III is still at 19%, nonpartisan Al Gross rose a fraction of a point, to nearly 13% and Democrat Mary Peltola rose more than a point to nearly 9%.

If that order holds this week and next week, those four will advance to the special general ballot in August. Peltola is more than 4,000 votes ahead of the fifth place finisher, Republican Tara Sweeney.

More than 130,000 ballots have been counted. It’s not clear how many will still arrive in the mail. The Associated Press estimates more than 80% of ballots have now been counted. The AP on Wednesday called the race for Palin, Gross and Begich.

The long process of ballot counting will continue until June 21.

This story has been updated.

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