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Sarah Palin Joins Crowded Field Seeking House Seat in Alaska

Sarah Palin Joins Crowded Field Seeking House Seat in Alaska

Sarah Palin can see a House seat for herself, but there are at least fifty obstacles potentially blocking her way back into politics.

The former Alaska Governor filed her official campaign paperwork on Friday with a state Division of Elections office in Wasilla, joining a field of 50 other candidates seeking to fill the seat of the late Congressman Don Young, a Republican who had held Alaska’s sole House seat since 1973 and was seeking reelection at the time of his death last month at age 88.

Palin, John McCain’s infamous vice presidential running mate in 2008, now has the biggest national political profile in an already over-packed race, which includes current and former state legislators as well as a North Pole city council member named–you guessed it–Santa Claus.

Palin, who recently lost a defamation case against The New York Times, said in her campaign announcement that America is “at a tipping point” and that she’s in the race to “win it and join the fight for freedom alongside other patriots willing to sacrifice all to save our country.”

Palin’s presence in the race will now pull focus from the other candidates, many of whom are more qualified to represent Alaska in Congress and have better relationships within their local communities. Aside from her many public gaffes, Palin’s personal life has served as fodder for gossip sites and late-night pundits, which her opponents see as a distraction from the real issues facing Alaskans.

A special primary, which will coincide with the regular primary, is set for June 11th where the top four vote-getters will advance to an August 16th special election in which ranked-choice voting will be used, a process in line with a new elections system approved by voters in 2020. The winner will serve the remainder of Young’s term, which expires in January. The regular primary and November general election will determine who represents Alaska in the House for a two-year term starting in January.

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