Mary Peltola elected first Alaska native to Congress by defeating Sarah Palin in special election

The results come after more than two weeks when rank-choice voting is used by the state to determine

Democrat Mary Peltola, a former state representative, will be the first Alaska native in Congress after winning a special election

Peltola, who is executive director of the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Served for 10 years in the state legislature and campaigned as "Alaska's best shot at preventing an extremist from winning."

Peltola tweeted after the election results. "We've won tonight."

But we still have to capture this seat in November. "

They Making history as the first Alaska native elected to Congress.

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