republican senatorof Alaska won re-election, the Alaska Division of Elections announced Wednesday, as did the state’s Democratic at-large representative. . Alaska used ranked-choice voting for both races.
Murkowski: the only Republican to run for re-electionformer President Donald Trump in his second Senate impeachment trial — fended off a challenge from fellow Republican Kelly Tshibaka, who was endorsed by Trump. Democrat Pat Chesbro was also on the ballot.
But the Elections Division announced Wednesday that, after the third round, Murkowski emerged as 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, origins, and party affiliations, have once again placed their trust in me to continue to work with and on their behalf in the United States Senate.”
The balance of power in the Senate remains 50 Democrats to 49 Republicans, with the final seat yet to be determined.The Democrats have already won a majority.
There wasin the race for the state’s only congressional seat. According to the Elections Division, Peltola won in the third round, defeating Trump-backed candidate and former governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin.
In the final tabulation, Peltola received 136,893 votes after reassignment, while Palin received 129,433. Voters for Republican Nick Begich were divided as follows: 43,013 for Palin (66.9%), 7,460 for Peltola (11.6%), and 13,864 with no second choice (21.5%).
peltola tweeted Wednesday Night: “WE DID IT!!” along with a screenshot of a headline about his victory and a video of a dancing crab.
She was first elected to the House in a special election this summer to finish out the term of the late Rep. Don Young, becoming the first Democrat to be elected to the seat in nearly 50 years. She has now been elected to a full term.
In Alaska’s ranked-choice voting system, a winner is determined after 50% of the vote is obtained. 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 fewest votes is eliminated and his votes are reallocated to the remaining candidates, and so on until a single candidate reaches the 50% threshold.
With the latest results, CBS News now projects that in the House of Representatives, Republicans have won 221 seats and Democrats 213. Republicansin the Chamber, though narrow, needing only 218.