Sarah Palin advances to general election in Alaska congressional race

The former governor and vice presidential candidate called the state’s ranked-choice voting system "crazy" and "convoluted."
2:23 | 08/17/22

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>> JOHN CARL IN WYOMING FOR US, THANK YOU. MEANWHILE, IN ALASKA, REPUBLICAN SENATOR LEASER MURKOWSKI IS PROJECTED TO ADVANCE TO THE GENERAL ELECTION ALONG WITH THE OTHER THREE TOP VOTE GETTERS IN THE SENATE PRIMARY THERE. FORMER GOVERNOR AND VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SARAH PALIN WILL ALSO BE AMONG THE TOP FOUR CANDIDATES FOR ALASKANS AT LARGE HOUSE DISTRICT. ABC'S ZOHREEN SHAH JOINS ME LIVE NOW FOR MORE ON THIS. ZOHREEN, PALIN ON HER OPPONENTS ARE ACTUALLY RUNNING TWO RACES AT ONCE. HOW DOES THAT WORK? >> IT IS CONFUSING, DIANE, GOOD MORNING. THE FIRST RACE IS A SPECIAL ELECTION. THAT IS FOR DON YOUNG, HE PASSED AWAY IN MARCH. THE WINNER LAST NIGHT WILL FINISH HIS TERM UNTIL EARLY NEXT YEAR AND THEN THE WINNER COMING UP IN NOVEMBER WILL SERVE THE NEXT TWO-YEAR TERM. >> PALIN IS CALLING THIS RANK CHOICE VOTING SYSTEM CRAZY AND CONVOLUTED, HER WORDS. >> HOW DOES IT WORK, WHEN WE SEE RESULT? HERE >> YOU KNOW, IT'S DEFINITELY A LITTLE CONFUSING. WE WILL LIKELY SEE, WE WILL SEE RESULTS, I SHOULD SAY. THEY WILL BE DETERMINED AUGUST 31ST. THIS IS HOW IT WORKS. SO, IF A CANDIDATE GETS OVER 50% OF THAT VOTE, THEY WIN. OUT RIGHT, RACE IS OVER. THAT DID NOT HAPPEN LAST NIGHT, AS YOU CAN SEE FROM YOUR SCREEN RIGHT THERE. THEN THE CANDIDATE WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT OF VOTES, THEY GET BOOTED OUT. AND THEN THE BALLOTS FOR THAT CANDIDATE, THEY GET RE-DISTRIBUTED TO THE VOTERS SECOND CHOICE. IT KEEPS GOING UNTIL YOU HAVE TO PEOPLE WHO WILL THEN MOVE ON TO NOVEMBER. >> SENATOR LISA MURKOWSKI, MEANWHILE, SURVIVED THE CHALLENGE FROM TRUMP BACKED KELLY SHOULD BACK OFF FOR NOW. THEY HAVE TO FACE OFF AGAIN IN THE GENERAL ELECTION. HOW IS THE RACE SHAPING UP? >> YOU SAW JOHN CARLES PACKAGE ON LIZ CHENEY. THAT WAS A LANDSLIDE LOSS, I GUESS, FOR HER IN THAT RACE. MURKOWSKI IS GOING TO LIKELY FARE VERY DIFFERENTLY. SO FAR, SHE HAS 44% OF THE VOTE WITH 67% OF THE VOTE IN. SHE PAKISTAN CAN PLACE WITH 42ND PRESENT OF THE VOTE. THEY ARE SEPARATE BY 5000 VOTES. IT APPEARS TO BE FAIRLY CLOSE RIGHT NOW. MURKOWSKI VOTED TO CONVICT TRUMP. THAT IS WHY WE ARE TALKING BATTERY. NOW THAT'S WHY IT APPEARS THIS RACE IS SO CLOSE. THE ALASKA SYSTEM, THEIR VOTING SYSTEM LIKELY SAVED HER. THE WAY IT WORKS FOR THIS RACE IS THAT THE TOP FOUR IN REGARDLESS OF PARTY WILL MOVE ON TO NOVEMBER REMEMBER, SHAKA'S BACKBITING DONALD TRUMP. IT COULD BE VERY TOUGH FOR MURKOWSKI.

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