Former Vice President nominee, Sarah Palin, was public enemy number one of the Left – until Donald Trump came down the golden escalator.
And now as she tries to become a Congresswoman, Palin is once again noticing the targets accumulating on her back.
But Sarah Palin was appalled to see Democrats’ Ranked Choice Voting disenfranchise her supporters before her eyes.
Alaska is a red state, right?
Back in August, voters in Alaska took to the polls to elect a new Congressman for the first time since 1973.
The special election was taking place in the wake of at-large Representative, Republican Don Young’s death.
In a state that had a Republican Representative for 50 years, has two Republican U.S. Senators (albeit a RINO and a moderate), and that went for Donald Trump over Joe Biden by 10-points, it seemed the seat was safe in GOP hands.
60% of Alaska voters cast their ballot for a Republican in the special election.
But after more than two weeks of counting, Alaska’s lone House seat belongs to Democrat Mary Peltola.
How did that happen?
Three words, one bad policy: Ranked Choice Voting.
How America elects public servants
In most states, individual parties use a primary system to select their preferred nominee.
Those nominees then face off in a general election, where whomever gets the plurality of the vote takes the victory.
A few states combine all parties into one “Jungle Primary,” and if no candidate receives more than 50%, the top two vote-getters go head-to-head in a runoff.
Both of those election processes have worked well for America throughout our country’s history.
However, a new Democrat scheme that has spread to a handful of places has been hatched to rob Republicans of representation.
The idea behind RCV, according to its supporters, is to end with a candidate that receives a majority of votes, not just a plurality.
The Jungle Primary/Run-off combo already does that – but RCV advocates don’t seem to care.
What is Ranked Choice Voting?
It’s a little different everywhere it’s implemented, but in Alaska, all the candidates from all the parties faced-off in a primary, where the top four candidates moved on to a Fatal Fourway general election.
In the special election this summer, one of the four candidates dropped out following the primary, so only three candidates, Democrat Pelota and Republicans Sarah Palin and Nick Begich moved on to the finals.
In the general election, voters don’t just select their candidate of choice, but also make second, and depending on the number of candidates, third place choices.
All the votes are then tabulated, if no candidate receives a majority, then the last place finisher is eliminated.
That was the case in the Alaska special election, with Begich being eliminated.
Vote counters then went through Begich ballots again, and assigned all the second-place votes to the appropriate candidates – in essence giving Begich supporters two votes each.
In RCV, the process continues until one candidate has a “majority.”
In this case, enough Begich voters picked Pelota as their second choice, allowing the Democrat to upend Palin by less than 3-points.
The three are now facing off once again in a rematch on Tuesday, November 8 – and this time around, RINO Sen. Lisa Murkowski has endorsed Democrat Rep. Pelota and vice-versa.
But at least Begich, with a wink and a nod is asking his supporters to mark Palin down as their second choice.
Working the system
The same can’t be said in the gubernatorial contest.
Former Governor, independent Bill Walker and Democrat nominee Les Gara released a joint digital advertisement asking their voters to put the other in second.
You can watch the full, minute-long commercial above.
It’s a workaround given the faulty rules of Ranked Choice Voting – meant to keep incumbent Republican Mike Dunleavy from winning re-election, despite the fact that Dunleavy is almost certain to receive a strong plurality of the vote.
Dunleavy, along with Sarah Palin and former President Donald Trump will be watching those second-place votes very closely on Tuesday, November 8, as they very well could decide who the next Governor, Senator, and Congressman are in Alaska.
Deplorable Daily will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.