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Alaska US Rep. Peltola leads early first-choice returns for only House seat

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Alaska's House race leaves Democratic U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola with an early lead against the GOP's Sarah Palin and Nick Begich. Tabulation rounds take place on Nov. 23, until two candidates remain. Peltola led in early first-choice returns in Tuesday's ranked choice election for Alaska's only House seat, leading Republicans Sarah Palin and Nick Begich.

Peltola embraced the legacy of her Republican predecessor, the late Rep. Don Young, as she sought a two-year term in a race that also included Libertarian Chris Bye.

Under ranked voting, ballots are counted in rounds. A candidate can win outright with more than 50% of the vote in the first round. If no one hits that threshold, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. Voters who chose that candidate as their top pick have their votes count for their next choice.

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