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Peltola Beats Palin, Wins Alaska House Special Election

Mary Peltola leaves a voting booth while early voting, on Aug. 12.

Mary Peltola leaves a voting booth while early voting, on Aug. 12.

Photographer: Mark Thiessen/AP Photo

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Juneau, Alaska (AP) -- Democrat Mary Peltola won the special election for Alaska’s only U.S. House seat on Wednesday, besting a field that included Republican Sarah Palin, who was seeking a political comeback in the state where she was once governor.

Peltola, who is Yup’ik and turned 49 on Wednesday, will become the first Alaska Native to serve in the House and the first woman to hold the seat. She will serve the remaining months of the late Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young’s term. Young held the seat for 49 years before his death in March.