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Democrat Mary Peltola wins special US House election, will be first Alaska Native elected to Congress | Ap

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Democrat Mary Peltola was the apparent winner of Alaska’s special US House race and is set to become the first Alaska Native in Congress, after votes were tabulated Wednesday in the state’s first ranked-choice election.

Peltola led Republican former Gov. Sarah Palin after ballots were tallied and votes for third-place GOP candidate Nick Begich III were redistributed to his supporters’ second choices. Peltola, a Yup’ik former state lawmaker who calls Bethel home, is now slated to be the first woman to hold Alaska’s lone US house seat.

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