United States: Sarah Palin loses a test election before the midterm legislative elections

United States: Sarah Palin loses a test election before the midterm legislative elections

Alaska’s seat in the House of Representatives had been in Republican hands for half a century. A victory bodes well for the Democrats almost two months before the mid-terms.

Sarah Palin. SHELBY TAUBER / REUTERS

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin lost a by-election for the state’s only seat in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday (August 31), a vote that served as a test before the November 8 midterm polls. .

Sarah Palin, 58, had hoped to return to politics by running for the seat that has been vacant since the sudden death of Republican Don Young, who held it for 49 years. Despite backing from former President Donald Trump, she lost to Democrat Mary Peltola, who will represent Alaska until November 8 – when all 435 seats in the US House of Representatives will be returned. Thu. Sarah Palin will be able to present herself again on this occasion.

This Christian conservative has played a key role in the populist turn of the Republican Party over the past decade, intended to wrest the votes of the popular white electorate from the Democrats, the party of current President Joe Biden. She suddenly found herself in the spotlight when she was chosen by Republican presidential candidate John McCain as his running mate in the 2008 election. Her rise, many observers say, paved the way Donald Trump’s rise to the White House, which he won eight years later.

Sarah Palin said she supported the New York billionaire from the start of her campaign in 2016, because he had supported her before. Donald Trump is trying to consolidate his hold on the Republican Party by supporting, in the primaries, the candidates who are favorable to him against those of the more moderate Republican right, with mixed success so far. During the midterm elections, the Americans will also renew a third of the United States Senate and around thirty governorships.

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