Democrats picked up a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after Sarah Palin lost a congressional special election in Alaska on Wednesday.
Mary Peltola won the election to fill the rest of the term of the at-large seat previously held by Rep. Don Young, a Republican, who died in March.
Democrats celebrated electing the first Alaska Native to serve in the House. She also becomes the first woman to hold the seat.
Peltola, who is a former state lawmaker, cast herself in the election as a regular Alaskan in contrast to the political star status of Palin.
“I’m not a millionaire. I’m not an international celebrity,” said Peltola.
She also was vocal about her support of abortion rights.
“It’s been very attractive to a lot of people to have a message of working together and positivity and holding each other up and unity and as Americans none of us are each other’s enemy,” Peltola said. “That is just a message that people really need to hear right now.”
Palin’s campaign was backed by former President Donald Trump and she was unabashed in her support of him as well.
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