By MATT BARTH
Let me start by saying I am no fan of ranked-choice voting, and I believe we should work to repeal it. In the meantime, it is the system we have. We must choose to win, regardless of liking the system or not.
As conservatives, we are hesitant to change, mainly because so much of the change we see around us is terrible, so we fight against it, as we should. Where we fail is refusing to adjust after we have lost the fight. We must shift quickly, adapt to the change, and commit to being successful until we implement a better system.
Thousands of us sit back upset, complain, and wallow in self-pity instead of figuring out how to win with the new rules. We put our emotions ahead of our core values. We already lost our U.S. House seat to a Democrat because of this refusal to adapt, but fortunately, there is still a chance to fix it.
We need to learn from this failure and thank God some of the pain from this misstep will be short. Conservatives will quickly retake the seat if we rank Republican candidates #1 and #2. That is all it takes, and we send a Republican to Congress.
No conservative can honestly say Congresswoman-elect Mary Peltola better aligns with their values and positions more than Nick Begich or Sarah Palin, so rank them #1 and #2, and we will win!
I do not care if you like them; they are the ones we have, and we must come together to secure a victory. Since the candidates have not come together on this issue, we must take it upon ourselves to be the leaders of our movement and rank them both. If we refuse to adjust, we simply hand our opponent, who will likely vote in lockstep with the Biden agenda, a victory, and we will have no one to blame but ourselves.
All it takes is #rankthered and we stand a chance to defeat Biden’s anti-Alaskan and anti-American agenda.