Peltola received a standing ovation on the U.S. House floor after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., announced that she had just made history.
Though elections officials are still compiling statistics from the vote, political advisers, pollers and independent observers say there are five early lessons from Alaska’s first ranked choice election.
Both Republicans in the Nov. 8 general-election race to succeed the late Rep. Don Young declined to drop out of the race Monday.
Anchorage resident David Ket’acik Nicolai said he’s heard people describe seeing their own representation, whether in media, movies, or government, but the idea had never landed with him. Until Wednesday.
Peltola will fill the remainder of the late Congressman Don Young’s term in office.
When preliminary results are announced at 4 p.m. Wednesday, it will reveal the likely winner.
If Peltola wins, she’ll be the first Alaska Native person ever elected to Congress. But right now, all she wants to do is fish.
Most ballots went uncounted because of problems with information on the envelope, incorrect identifiers or a lack of a witness signature.
Peltola is now 7.5 percentage points ahead of Palin. She was 6 points ahead last week.
It’s unlikely Begich will overtake Palin for second place.