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Rep. Mary Peltola (D-Alaska) defeated former governor and close Trump ally Sarah Palin in a race for Alaska’s sole House seat, according to state election officials, while Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) fended off a challenge from Trump-endorsed Republican Kelly Tshibaka.

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The Associated Press projected Murkowski and Peltola as the winners Wednesday evening, after Alaska election officials revealed that Peltola led Palin by more than 24,000 votes in the final round of runoffs, and Murkowski led Tshibaka by over 18,000 votes.

With 99% of ballots counted as of Wednesday afternoon, Peltola held a significant lead over Palin, with 48.7% of the first-round votes—nearly 23 percentage points above Palin’s 25.8%, as well as Republican candidate Nick Begich’s 23.4%, according to the Associated Press.

Since no candidate received an outright majority, however, Alaska’s ranked-choice voting system sent the race into a second

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