JUNEAU, Alaska — U.S. Senator from Alaska Lisa Murkowski and fellow Republican Kelly Tshibaka have advanced since Tuesday’s primary, while Republican Sarah Palin, seeking a political comeback, was among the candidates running in the general election of November in the race for Alaska’s only seat in the House.
In a voter-approved electoral process used for the first time in elections in Alaska this year, party primaries have been replaced with open primaries in which the top four voters in each race qualify for the general elections. In general elections, preferential voting will be used.
Murkowski and Tshibaka, who were backed by former President Donald Trump, won two of the spots in the Senate race, with the results still being tabulated. The other two slots have not yet been decided.
In the House primary, Palin, Republican Nick Begich and Democrat Mary Peltola qualified for the November election. The last slot had not yet been determined either. The winner of the November race will be elected for a two-year term.
Peltola, Begich and Palin were also up for election in a special election to serve the remaining term of late U.S. Representative Don Young, which ends early next year. Young died in March.
The special election and primary races took place on either side of Tuesday’s poll. The winner of the ranked special election may not be known until the end of the month.
In the Alaska gubernatorial race, Republican Mike Dunleavy, Democrat Les Gara and Independent Bill Walker qualified for November’s general election. Other candidates in the race include Republican State Rep. Christopher Kurka and Charlie Pierce, a Republican mayor in the borough.