Smells Sarah Palin’s Loss Trouble for Republicans: Top Republicans fear midterm election will turn into Trump referendum as GOP members slam Alaska’s leaderboard election ballot
- Republicans are worried after Trump-backed Sarah Palin lost to a Democrat in a special election in Alaska to fill the seat of late GOP Rep. Don Young
- Axios’ Mike Allen reported that top Republicans’ biggest private fear is that the midterm elections will turn into a referendum on former President Donald Trump
- Thanks to last month’s FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago, Trump has dominated the news and engaged in public battles with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
- On Thursday morning, Trump called McConnell’s comments, in which he suggested MAGA candidates might not win a “shame” and said he was a “negative for the party.”
- Republicans had hoped to talk about the economy, mainly inflation, rather than Trump in the November midterm elections
- Democrats have already seen some victories focused on the abortion issue, and the loss of Palin feeds into the narrative that they have momentum
- GOP Senator Tom Cotton called the ranked voting system “a scam to rig elections” that “disenfranchises” voters.
- But anti-Trump GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger pointed out that Cotton didn’t like it because it doesn’t reward the “extremes of the party.”
- “So you would have been unlucky,” Kinzinger tweeted to Cotton on Wednesday night. “No wonder you don’t like it”
Republicans are worried after Trump-backed Sarah Palin lost to a Democrat in a special election in Alaska to fill the seat of late GOP Rep. Don Young.
While Palin arrived with 14-year political baggage — and was hampered by Alaska’s ranked voting system — Axios’ Mike Allen reported that top Republicans’ biggest private fear is that the midterm elections will turn into a referendum on former President Donald Trump.
Thanks to last month’s FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago, Trump has dominated the news and engaged in public battles with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has criticized some of Trump’s MAGA Senate candidates and suggested they will not be winners .
Sarah Palin’s particular election loss in Alaska could be a sign of GOP troubles in the fall — but the state’s ranked voting system also played a role — as it doesn’t cater to the political parties’ most extreme voices
Axios’ Mike Allen reported Thursday that Republicans’ biggest fear at halftime is that it will be a referendum on former President Donald Trump (left), not the economy. The Democrats won a seat in the House of Representatives on Wednesday with the victory of Alaskan Mary Peltola (right).
“For him, that statement is a disgrace to some very good people,” Trump said Thursday morning on the John Fredericks radio show, calling the GOP Senate leader “a negative for the party” and “bad news.”
Republicans had hoped to talk about the economy in November’s midterm elections: how inflation has skyrocketed under Democratic rule, with high gas and food prices.
But Democrats, in part because of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. to overthrow Wade scored a few victories, made possible by the three judges appointed to the court during Trump’s only term in office.
Last week in New York, Democrat Pat Ryan defeated Republican Marc Molinaro in a swing neighborhood, with Ryan campaigning heavily for abortion protections.
This victory follows Kansans voting overwhelmingly to protect abortion rights in their state.
The loss of Palin plays into the narrative that Democrats have some momentum, leading Republicans to grumble online.
Senator Tom Cotton tweeted, “Lateral voting is a scam to rig elections.”
“60% of voters in Alaska voted for a Republican, but thanks to a complicated process and ballot exhaustion — which disenfranchises voters — a Democrat ‘won,'” said the Arkansas Republican.
Senator Tom Cotton responded to the loss of Sarah Palin by tweeting that “nomerogram is a scam to rig elections.”
He was later slammed by anti-Trump GOP MP Adam Kinziner, who said Cotton didn’t like it because it didn’t reward the “extremes of the party.”
In 2020, Alaskans changed their voting process — with the help of some pro-Trump voters.
Rather than weeding out candidates through the party’s primary process, the top four voters move on to the general election on primary day.
Two Republicans, Palin and Nick Begich, and one Democrat, Mary Peltola, landed on the special ballot.
In the three-way race, Peltola led the two Republicans with 39.7 percent of the vote ahead of Palin’s 30.9 percent and Begich’s 27.8 percent.
But the ranking choice system allows voters to determine their second choice preference as well.
In this case, Begich’s voices were wiped out and split between Peltola and Palin.
The bottom line still put Peltola in the lead, albeit by a much smaller margin: 51.5 percent to Palin’s 48.5 percent.
Despite sharing a party, Begich’s voters have not listed Palin en masse as their second preference.
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a voice in the party’s anti-Trump wing, highlighted Cotton’s complaint about ranking elections. pointed out “Nominal voting gives all Americans a voice, not the extremes of the party.”
“So you would have been unlucky,” Kinzinger tweeted. ‘No wonder you don’t like it.’
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