Key takeaways from the Wyoming and Alaska elections
By Eric Bradner of CNN in Jackson, Wyoming
WyomingRep.Liz Cheney, who has become the toughest critic of former President Donald Trump's GOP since the Capitol riotkicked out of your housesupported by trumpHarriet Hagenmann, CNN projected Tuesday.
EmAlaska, voters voted in another race the former president is focused on, with Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski defeating Trump-backed Kelly Tshibaka in the first of a likely two rounds.
Former Gov. Sarah Palin, meanwhile, is seeking a political comeback in a special election for the state's only seat in the House of Representatives.
Here are some of the key findings fromcompetitions on tuesdayin Wyoming and Alaska:
Trump's Intra-Party Rivals:Trump and his allies have spent the spring and summer turning the Republican primary on the political map into bitter battles in which loyalty to the former president has been at the heart of the matter.
He has lost some key battles, including in Georgia, where Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger sidelined Trump's opponents.
But in most races with open seats, Trump's candidates triumphed. And even moreTuesday in Wyoming, Trump who hadHageman confirmedon the day she entered the race against Cheney, he claimed her biggest win yet.
Cheney chose to go down fighting:in advancePrimary on Tuesday, Cheney insisted that she was trying to win.
But her strategy - trying to win over the Republican electorate in a state the former president won by a margin of 43 percentage points in 2020 - suggests she has made a different choice: to go down.
At the election night event at a Jackson Hole ranch, with the sun setting over the Grand Tetons, there were no television screens for supporters to view the results of a race that Cheney would almost certainly lose.
She told supporters she could have gotten used to Trump doing what he did in the primary two years earlier: winning with 73% of the vote. "It was a path I couldn't and didn't want to go down," Cheney said. "No seat in the Chamber of Deputies, no position in this country is more important than the principles we are all sworn to protect.
Cheney's decision to use the spotlight of his high-profile primaries to launch Trump never panned out in Wyoming. But that endeared her to a segment of anti-Trump donors and positioned her as the GOP's toughest critic of Trump.
What's next for Cheney?The morning after losing the Wyoming GOP primary, the three-year-old congresswoman told the Today show she was "considering" running for president and would make a decision "in the coming months."
"I won't be making any announcements here this morning," she told NBC's Savannah Guthrie.
Cheney used his concession speech to anticipate another fight against Trump without explaining exactly what that means.
"I've said since January 6th that I will do whatever it takes to make sure Donald Trump never goes near the Oval Office again, and I mean it. This is a fight for all of us together," she said. "I'm a conservative Republican. ... But I love my country more. So tonight, I ask you to join me: as we leave here, let's decide that we will stand together, Republicans, Democrats and Independents, against those who would destroy our republic."
As she left the stage, Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" blared from the event's speakers.
Overnight, the Cheney campaignpaperwork sentwith the Federal Electoral Committee a Leadership PAC with the name "A Grande Task".
This is the first of several next steps for Cheney, an aide tells CNN as she begins to deliver her speech on election night in Wyoming, turning over a new leaf after her defeat in her congressional seat.
Waiting for Alaska results - but for how long?Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee who has not run since, is seeking a political comeback in the special election to fill the remaining months of the last election.Representante Don Youngownership of the house.
But it will take weeks to find out if she wins the runoff against Republican businessman Nick Begich III, former Democratic Representative Mary Peltola and Republican Tara Sweeney, who previously served as assistant secretary for Indian affairs at the US Department of the Interior.
The special election is the first in Alaska to use the state's new ranking voting system. CNN predicted that none of the three candidates will receive more than 50% of the first-round vote, meaning the state will count second-choice votes on Aug. 31.
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Interesting facts about Mary Peltola, the Democrat running against Republican Sarah Palin
By Eric Bradner of CNN
Alaska Special Election to Fill Late Representative Don Young's Vacancyit won't be decided anytime soon: Ballots will continue to arrive and be counted for more than a week, and the state will not tabulate its ranking results until August 31st.
But the biggest surprise in Wednesday's early morning results was the strong performance of former Democratic state representative Mary Peltola, who faces two Republicans, former governor Sarah Palin and businessman Nick Begich III.
CNN predicted tonight that no single candidate will get a majority of votes in the first election and that therefore the race will lead to the ranked polling station.
Peltola's chances in the special election were greatly increased when Al Gross, an independent who was one of four candidates who advanced to the second round, withdrew from the race. Alaska polling officials did not replace him on the ballot, meaning the Democrats' votes would almost entirely go to Peltola as two Republicans fought each other.
Peltola, a wild salmon advocate from western Alaska - a region not connected by road to the rest of the state - aspires to become the first Alaskan native to be elected to Congress.
"I think it's about time an Alaskan native became part of our congressional delegation," she told CNN in an interview in June.
She is also someone with connections across party lines, including the de Young family, who held Alaska's seat in the big house for 49 years before her death in March.
Peltola's father and Young taught at the school together decades ago, before Young was elected to Congress, she said in June. While attending high school in Pennsylvania, she spent Thanksgiving with the de Young family on the east coast.
"Everybody in Alaska had some sort of relationship with Don Young," Peltola said in June. "It's just a fact. In Alaska, we're all connected because our state is so small and it's pretty much like one level of separation."
Peltola agrees with Democrats on most important issues, including abortion rights. But she also praised her achievements in working with Republicans in the state legislature, where she served from 1999 to 2009, overcoming the Palin administration at the end of her term.
"I'm definitely not a Democrat who agrees 100% with the party's platform on every issue. That's not how I see myself, and that was very clear in the 10 years I spent in the State House," she said.
CNN projection: Alaska special election to be included in ranking
By Rachel Janfaza of CNN
The results ofAlaska special electionsFilling the remainder of the late Representative Don Young's term remains uncertain as CNN is not predicting any of the candidates on the ballot.above 50%on Tuesday - a necessary feat given the new rules for choosing the state ranking.
The special election triggered by Young's death marks the first time Alaska has used ranking voting -- a process that asks voters to rank their preferred candidates, with the lowest-scoring candidates voting only so that none exceed 50 percent. CNN has predicted that no contestant has gone over that threshold, meaning it will be a while before the winner is determined, with the leaderboard polling table set to begin on Aug. 31.
In the race to determine who will fill the remainder of Young's term, former Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee who has not appeared on a ballot since the election loss, is up against Nick Begich III, who supported the Republican Alaska The party won in April and is the product of a powerful political family of Alaska Democrats and former Democratic state representative Mary Peltola.
All three candidates and independent Al Gross advanced to the August special election after a special bipartisan primary in June, but Gross withdrew from the race and encouraged his supporters to support Peltola.
Regardless of who wins the special general election to fill the remainder of Young's term, there will be a regular general election in November, which will also use a ranking ballot to determine who will fill the seat in the next Congress.
Palin, Begich and Peltola were also among the candidates in Tuesday's primary vote. All three will advance to the November election, CNN projects, with a fourth candidate yet to be determined.
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CNN PROJECTION: Sarah Palin, Nick Begich and Mary Peltola advance in Alaska home races
By the CNN team
Republican Sarah Palin, Republican Nick Begich III and Democrat Mary Peltola will advance to November's election in Alaska's race for the state's only seat in the House of Representatives, according to CNN. The fall election decides who gets the seat for the next full term.
A fourth candidate has yet to be determined. In Alaska's two-party primary system, the top four voters, regardless of party, advance to the general election.
The three candidates are also running in a special election to fill the remainder of the House seat, which has been vacant since the death of Representative Don Young in March.
Palin, the former governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential nominee, was endorsed by former President Donald Trump earlier this year. Begich won the support of the Alaska Republican Party in April and is the product of a powerful Alaskan political family. Peltola is a former Democratic state representative.
CNN Prediction: Murkowski, Tshibaka and Chesbro Advance in Alaska Senate Race
By Rachel Janfaza, Eric Bradner and Alex Rogers of CNN
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski will advance to the November general election alongside Trump-backed former Alaska Department of Management Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka after the state's bipartisan primary.
In Alaska's two-party primary system, the top four voters, regardless of party, advance to the general election.
Retired educator Patricia Chesbro, who is supported by the Alaska Democratic Party, will also advance to the November competition, CNN Projects.
CNN has yet to predict a fourth winner.
Given the new voting procedure, theAlaskans voted for him in 2020, Murkowski avoided a partisan primary with Tshibaka and survived a first-round clash.
Former President Donald Trump backed Tshibaka last year and vowed to fight Murkowski, the only one of themthe seven republican senatorswho voted to try Trump during his second impeachment trial, running for re-election this year. The former president traveled to Alaska in July to hold a pro-Tshibaka rally.
The Murkowski family has held his Senate seat for over four decades. His father, Frank Murkowski, was elected to the Senate in 1980 and nominated his daughter for the position in 2002, when he was elected governor.
More background:Murkowski has held office ever since, winning his most dramatic victory in 2010 when he lost the Republican primary to Joe Miller, but later became only the second person (after Strom Thurmond in 1954) to win a Senate seat via a written. campaign.Moderate issues like abortion, Murkowski has hit right-wing contenders before.
But her criticism of Trump could leave her vulnerable to Tshibaka in November. Murkowski chose the former president in 2020 and notsaid the hillShe wrote on someone else who lost it. Murkowski was reprimanded by the Alaska Republican Party in a resolution following the vote to impeach Trump.
Tschibakastartedher campaign last year, when she launched the election as an outsider against a longtime power.
Before joining the administration of Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy, Tshibaka worked in the offices of the Inspector General of the United States Postal Service, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice. Tshibaka acknowledged that he worked in Washington, D.C., but "struggled to expose waste and fraud in government" to contrast Murkowski's extensive Capitol Hill experience.
The November elections will be held by ranking list.
CNN Prediction: Mike Dunleavy, Les Gara and Bill Walker will advance in Alaska gubernatorial race
By the CNN team
Incumbent Republican Mike Dunleavy, Democrat Les Gara and Independent Bill Walker will advance to the November election in the Alaska gubernatorial race, according to CNN.
A fourth candidate has yet to be determined. In Alaska's two-party primary system, the top four voters, regardless of party, advance to the general election.
Final polls are closing across Alaska
By CNN's Rachel Janfaza, Ethan Cohen, Melissa Holzberg DePalo, Clara Grudberg and Nicholas Anastacio
It's 1 am ET and the latest polls are closing in on Alaska. Some polling stations in the state closed early at 12:00 ET.
Here are the top races we follow:
The state organizes aspecial choiceto fill the state seat in Casa Grande, which has been vacant since the death of Representative Don Young in March. Three candidates, including former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, are on the ballot, with the winner being decided bysorting choice.
Also running is Republican Nick Begich III - who won support from the Alaska Republican Party in April and is the product of a powerful Alaskan political family as the grandson of the Democratic congressman of the same name who disappeared on a flight in 1972 and the nephew of the former senator. Democrat Mark Begich -- and former Democratic State Representative Mary Peltola. Before that, however, independent candidate Al Gross ranwithdrawnout of the race.
The three special election candidates - along with nearly 20 other candidates, most notably Republican Tara Sweeney - are also running in aconcurrent primary schoolThis will determine the four finalists for the November elections, which will decide who will win the House seat for the next full term. there is one toogovernment primary.
Additionally, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is the only senator who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial this year. trump agreedKelly Tshibaka, former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Management, imprimary senate. However, due to Alaska's four-major primary system -- in which all candidates vote on the same ballot and the four major candidates advance to the general election -- Tshibaka and Murkowski are likely to be on the ballot in November.
CNN's Gregory Krieg provided coverage for this post.
Because of this, Alaskan voters vote in two separate elections for the same seat.
By Rachel Betrayal, CNN's Ethan Cohen and Eric Bradner
voter oneAlaskavoted Tuesday in two separate elections for the same seat in the US House of Representatives - the seat of the state's general congressional district.
That's because there's a special general election to fill the remainder of the late Representative Don Young's term and a primary to decide who will run for the next full term from January through November.
It's a complicated process. In addition to voting for the same seat twice in one day, different rules apply to primary and special general elections.
What will happen in the special elections?The special general election will be the first time Alaska will be used.sorting choice— in which voters rank their preferred candidates, with votes for the lowest-scoring candidates coming into play if no one gets more than 50% — to determine who fills the remainder of Young's term. If no one reaches that threshold, it will be a while before we know the winner, with leaderboard selection for voting set to begin on August 31st.
What will happen in elementary school?The primaries will use a four-major system, meaning candidates from all parties and those with no party affiliation will run in the same area code - just like candidates for thespecial electionsprimaryearlier this year. The four best-performing candidates will advance to the November general election for the full term.
Why is this happening?Young's death led to special elections. He held the seat for 49 years and, after his death, there was a packed field of 48 candidates running for the spot in the June special primaries. Alaskan officials scheduled the special election to take place on the same day as the scheduled primary.
Who is running in the special election?While four candidates have risen to the rank of special general, only three candidates are on the ballot after independent candidate Al Gross.abandoned the race. Ballot says: Former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential CandidateSarah Palin; Republican Nick Begich III, who won the support of the Alaska Republican Party in April and is the product of a powerful Alaskan political family; and former Democratic state representative Mary Peltola.
Who is running in the primaries?Palin, Begich and Peltola are also on the ballot for Tuesday's regular primary.19 other candidates.
The polls are about to close in Alaska. These are the main races to watch for in state elections.
By CNN's Ethan Cohen, Melissa Holzberg DePalo, Clara Grudberg and Nicholas Anastacio
Polling stations close at 12:00 am and 1:00 am ET in Alaska. The stateholds a top 4 primaryfor his House seat, as well as the primary for the Senate seat currently held by GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, and for governor.
The state is also holding a special precedence election for its seat in the House of Representatives to fill the remainder of the late Republican Representative Don Young's term, which is being led by former Gov. Sarah Palin.
Here's what you should know about the state's top races:
- Senate:The Alaska Senate primary was one of the most anticipated of this year's midterms as incumbent Senator Murkowski and Trump-backed Kelly Tshibaka look to advance to November's general election. trump cardpromised revengefor Murkowskivote for convictionhim during his second impeachment trial. trump cardTshibaka confirmed, the former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Management, in 2021 and joined her in Alaska in July. Alaska's first four primaries mean Murkowski and Tshibaka are likely to make the cut.
- Governor:Governor Mike Dunleavy is running for re-election. He faces former Alaska governor Bill Walker, an Independent who served from 2014 to 2018 but withdrew his re-election bid in support of the Democratic nominee, who later lost to Dunleavy. Walker received financial backing from Kathy Murdoch, daughter-in-law of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Another challenger is Democrat Les Gara, who served in the Alaska House of Representatives and as Deputy Attorney General from 2003 to 2019.
- Special election in the Chamber of Deputies:The special election taking precedence to fill the late Representative Young's seat has three candidates instead of four, following independent candidate Al Gross.abandoned the race. Candidates include Republican Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and former governor of Alaska who was endorsed by Trump in April, Republican Nick Begich III, who won the support of the Alaska Republican Party in April and a product of a powerful Alaskan political family. and former Democratic state representative Mary Peltola.
Sorting works like this: sorting choiceit allows voters to literally rank their choices in order of preference, marking candidates as their first, second, and third choices (and so on). Voters don't need to select all candidates, just a first choice or as many as they want. In special elections, only votes from the first election are reported on election night. The ranking list election will be held on August 31st. This means that, barring the unlikely event that a candidate wins a majority of early preferred votes, CNN will not be able to predict a winner until the end of the month.
Read more about Sarah Palin's runHere.
Is Wyoming a red or blue state? ›
It has consistently voted for Republican candidates in recent decades and is considered a reliably red state. When Wyoming participated in its first presidential election in 1892, Republican candidate Benjamin Harrison won the state with 50.52% of the vote.Is New Mexico a blue state or red? ›
However, the Land of Enchantment has become a reliably blue state since then as Democrats have relied on Hispanic, Native American, and urban voters to deliver victories.How does Alaska rank choice voting work? ›
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The state is widely considered blue-leaning, a trend that moves parallel with the growth of the Washington D.C. and Richmond suburbs. A Federal District Court redrew the malapportioned 3rd District as violating the Voting Rights Act for the 2016 election.Does Alaska have 3 electoral votes? ›
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|Alabama - 9 votes||Kentucky - 8 votes||North Dakota - 3 votes|
|Alaska - 3 votes||Louisiana - 8 votes||Ohio - 18 votes|
|Arizona - 11 votes||Maine - 4 votes||Oklahoma - 7 votes|
|Arkansas - 6 votes||Maryland - 10 votes||Oregon - 7 votes|
|California - 55 votes||Massachusetts - 11 votes||Pennsylvania - 20 votes|
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Article 1, Section 30 Monopolies and perpetuities prohibited. Perpetuities and monopolies are contrary to the genius of a free state, and shall not be allowed. Corporations being creatures of the state, endowed for the public good with a portion of its sovereign powers, must be subject to its control.Who owns the state of Wyoming? ›
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Jackson. What is this? As one of the most scenic towns in Wyoming, Jackson has transcended its original status to find itself in the midst of pop culture and a national destination. Boasting incredible skiing and snowboarding, plus the Grand Tetons and nearby Yellowstone, it's the top tourist destination in the state.What is the poorest city in Wyoming? ›
Among the four places in Wyoming with available data and populations of at least 25,000, Laramie ranks as the poorest. The typical Laramie household earns $47,463 a year, compared to the statewide median household income of $65,304.Is New Mexico a Mormon state? ›
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Retrieved March 6, 2023, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats. In Arizona in 2020, 31.9% of the total population was Hispanic, 53.8% were white, 4.6% were black, 3.9% were American Indian/Alaska Native and 3.7% were Asian/Pacific Islander.What state has the most Hispanic population? ›
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As of 2018, Massachusetts was the most Democratic state, with 56% of residents identifying as Democrat, while only 27% of residents identified as Republican.
Is Virginia still a swing state? ›
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The District of Columbia and the six least populous states—Alaska, Delaware, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming—have three electors each.What is voted the best state to live in? ›
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- #1. Washington.
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- #3. Utah.
- #4. New Hampshire.
- #5. Idaho.
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How much money do people in Alaska get from the government? ›
Most people living in Alaska get the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend, which is just over $1,500 in free money per year. This practice started in 1982 when the Alaska Permanent Fund Foundation split its funds from the Alaskan oils into funds that couldn't be touched and an energy reserve.How many seats does Alaska have? ›
1959–present: 1 seat
Since statehood on January 3, 1959, Alaska has had one seat in the House.
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White is the emblem of purity and uprightness over Wyoming.Is Wyoming a friendly state? ›
On top of just being friendly, people from Wyoming are typically willing to lend a hand to help you with whatever you need. 23.Is Wyoming a good state to live in? ›
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No. The U.S. state of Wyoming is known for its reliably conservative politics and heavy support for the Republican Party, particularly in federal elections.What is the national food of Wyoming? ›
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Movers are choosing to embrace the small city lifestyle with lower costs and more wide open space. Post-pandemic "more remote workers and retirees are choosing their next destination based on lifestyle, taxes, and cost of living, not proximity to a subway" the study said.What part of Wyoming is best to live in? ›
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- #1. Washington.
- #2. Minnesota.
- #3. Utah.
- #4. New Hampshire.
- #5. Idaho.
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