Voting in Alaska’s special election primary to replace the late Republican Rep. Don Young will close Saturday as four dozen candidates – including former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin – face off under unusual new rules. With celebrity status and an endorsement from former president Donald Trump, Palin is the most prominent candidate in a crowded field. But her popularity in Alaska has faded since her time as governor, and a new ranked-choice voting system – designed to elect candidates with broad support – could complicate her bid. The Alaska Republican Party, meanwhile, has endorsed Nick Begich III, a former campaign co-chair for Young from a family well-known in state Democratic politics. He launched his bid before Young’s death and ran as the more conservative candidate. “Will America pursue celebrity, what you might call a celebritocracy?” Begich said in an interview Friday. “Or will America pursue sound policy, thoughtful policy and representation that aligns with that?” Palin’s campaign did not respond to requests for an interview or comment. Young’s sudden death at 88 in March set off a scramble to fill Alaska’s lone seat in the House. In addition to former campaign staffers for Young, the field includes and a self-described… Read full this story
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