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Alaska’s Special Election: What’s Next?

Alaska's Special Election: What's Next?

Next act for Palin unclear after Alaska House losses in special election

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What are we to make of Sarah Palin’s defeat in Alaska’s special election for the fourth U.S. Senate seat and the latest developments to come out of that special election process?

Before we go to the latest developments, let’s start at the beginning with a review of the special election process.

The seat was vacated by Republican Dan Sullivan. Sullivan was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2008, when he lost to Democrat Mark Begich, who was re-elected in 2010.

The special election was held in June, and the winner was elected on Aug. 18 after Republican Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell had declined to serve as the official tie-breaking vote following the first round of election results.

That was the last day of the early vote count, and then Alaska election officials had to notify the winner that the special election was official.

That’s when the loser, Alaska State Sen. Scott McAdams, filed for the special election under the rules in place when Sullivan retired, which called for only a few hours’ notice to the state legislative body before the special election was officially called on Aug. 18 – nearly 10 weeks before the election.

McAdams challenged the election results, but he lost both his challenge and his court appeal.

It was just before 6 p.m. on Aug. 22 (before the polls closed in the special election) that Alaska election officials announced the results.

Those initial unofficial results were contested by several candidates, including McAdams’ GOP opponent, Anchorage attorney Ken Buck. The state Board of Elections held a hearing on the election results Aug. 22 and upheld the election results Aug. 23.

At the moment, according to the website Alaska’s Election Commission, which provides the most current information about the special election results, Buck was in the lead among Democrats in the special election with 39.9 percent among registered voters.

In turn, he was also in front of McAdams among Republicans, as of the Aug

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