Sarah Palin, who has lost her bid for Congress, declared that she presumes her victory and announced Jerry Ward as her acting chief of staff. She said she was already working with the Congressional Freedom Caucus in Washington, D.C. to deliver opportunities for Alaska and would be meeting with the Freedom Caucus on Thursday.
“It is my privilege to appoint Jerry Ward as acting chief of staff! Please see below contact info for Jerry Ward, COS,” she wrote on Facebook, where she also taped a soliloquy thanking her supporters, calling Republican Nick Begich a Democrat plant, dumping on the Republican establishment, but never mentioning the actual Democrat in the race, her friend Mary Peltola, who appears to be winning and now has over 47% of the vote.
In the special general election on Aug. 16, Palin lost in the final round of counting by 3 percentage points to Peltola, 51.5% to 48.5%. She is currently in second place in a four-person race.
The current standings for the candidates in the general election are:
– Mary Peltola – 101,236, or 47.22%
– Sarah Palin – 57,005, or 26.59%
– Nick Begich – 51,896, or 24.21%
– Chris Bye – 3,716, or 1.73%
Palin would have to be awarded nearly every Nick Begich second round vote in order to get to 50%+1. Leading pollsters don’t see that happening, although it is statistically possible. In ranked choice voting, a significant number of voters do not rank anyone second, and therefore their ballots don’t count toward the final round of counting.
In San Francisco Board of Supervisors, for instance, 53% of ballots were exhausted and only 8,200 ballots counted toward the final result. In the real world, voter behavior is different than in the theoretical world, especially for conservatives.
But Palin said she is feeling victorious.
In an official press release from her campaign she wrote:
“Thank you to my AMAZING, loyal group of friends and family who carried the baton over the finish line!! I can never thank them enough!
“It’s such a great honor to be given the opportunity to run for office in my home state – the greatest state in the greatest nation! We anticipate victory, despite not having election results tonight due to our assumed election integrity, so I’m already meeting with GOP Congressmen with our agenda to DRAIN THE SWAMP.
“It is my privilege to appoint Jerry Ward as acting chief of staff! Please see below contact info for Jerry Ward, COS.” She linked Ward’s GCI email address.
On her Instagram account, Palin also indicated she is the victim of the GOP establishment and Dominion voting machines, politicos, and said she is going to go “even more blatantly ‘go rogue’ to expose the Biden agenda. In her words:
“Don’t retreat… RELOAD! I’m excited to ramp up the fight for America! Thank you volunteers, loyal friends and family, and mostly my favorite people on earth – my kids – for your support. Thank you for the privilege of offering myself up in the name of service to Alaska and America. Thank you, Vets, for our freedom to choose whom governs us! Now, watching election returns: the GOP establishment deserves losses until it’s willing to FIGHT for what is right. They opposed me every step of the way in my Congressional bid, which is par for the course. They were fine with “Republican” Lisa Murkowski taking $MILLIONS$ from Mitch McConnell’s GOP Senate Minority Fund (after she voted to impeach Pres. Trump and supported Biden’s radically liberal appointees) to defeat the top GOP voter-getter (me), as Lisa publicly endorsed the democrat in my race. This, while the GOP establishment actually endorsed the democrat-plant/Trojan horse Begich (of the democrat-dynasty Begich family and who publicly admits to supporting, voting for, and funding democrats) against me, while pushing this new un-American Ranked Choice Voting fiasco. They did away with Primaries, and purposefully confused voters through controlled liberal media, in order to split the GOP vote. RCV is playing out exactly as supporters of this cockamamie system planned. But, it’s not over until the fat lady sings! (Cue PC police for my choice of words in 3…2…1). While the Dominion vote counting continues this month, I have no sympathy for politicos who got sucked into the dark, dysfunctional GOP machine looking at losses today, but I’d have profound sympathy for America if I thought this thing was over. It’s not. Join me, determined to fight even harder, stand even taller, to even more blatantly “go rogue” to expose just how bad the Biden agenda and a complicit GOP machine are for America. Don’t give up, don’t give in, don’t believe the lie that a majority supports the direction America is headed. If YOU realize where we’re headed, you’d better go rogue to help save America. Stiffen your spine; hold the uni-party accountable; don’t donate hard-earned money to any hypocritical political machine. Under God, stand united!”
Her boyfriend, Ron Duguay, was the first to comment. “Well said,” Duguay responded on Instagram.