Democrats and their liberal allies have found a way to change the rules to pick up big wins even in the deepest of red states.
Just as they designed it.
And the Republican establishment seems completely clueless on how to fight it.
Controversial Rank Choice Voting System leads to Republican defeat in Alaska
The special election took place more than two weeks ago, but the winner wasn’t announced until this week after state officials had to retabulate the votes from the result of the convoluted rank choice voting system used to decide the winner in this race to replace former Congressman Don Young who died earlier this year.
Democrat Mary Peltola defeated former Alaska Governor and 2008 Vice Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin 51.5% to 48.5%.
This came after the votes originally cast for third place finisher Republican Nick Begich were automatically redistributed to his supporter’s second choices, which essentially gave them another vote, and just enough to Peltola to put her over the top.
Rank choice vote helps leftists, not conservatives
Republicans had no business losing this special election in a state that hasn’t voted for a Democrat Presidential candidate since 1964, which was the only time in the entire electoral history of the state with Alaska only formally joining the Union in 1959.
While the Republican candidates were duking it out, the sole Democrat on the ballot was able to coast through the general election and benefit from voter disillusionment with the nasty campaigning between Palin and Begich.
Ironically, it is the supporters of the third-place candidate, Begich, who had the biggest voice in this election as their casting vote for a losing candidate allowed them to choose who would ultimately win.
How is that democratic?
Convoluted voting system breeds confusion and cynicism
In an age where voters have real concerns about the security of our election system, rank choice voting is only going to breed more voter cynicism.
It was more than two weeks ago that Alaskans cast their ballots in this special election and it took two weeks for the state to finally figure out who won after having to re-assign votes from the third place candidate to the top two candidates.
Who can actually have 100 percent confidence that it was done correctly, or that there was no funny business?
And with such a large time gap, it only lends to conspiracy theories to abound about what really happened to the ballots.
Keep in mind, during the “nonpartisan” primary for this special election, Mary Peltola almost missed the general election ballot entirely, coming in fourth place, with only ten percent of the vote.
Yet somehow in the confusion she ends up on top in the general election.
That begs the question if Alaska voters understood how the rank choice system works, or if Palin and Begich were just that terrible of candidates.
Lisa Murkowski also benefits from rank choice voting
RINO U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski stands to gain the most from the use of rank choice voting and it has been reported that many of her supporters, and perhaps the Senator herself, advocated for it solely to help her win re-election in deep red Alaska.
Murkowski’s approval among Republicans is in the gutter, yet with rank choice voting leftists will get to help keep their favorite Republican in office by getting a second vote after burning their first vote on the Democrat Patricia Chesbro.
Who knows, perhaps with the confusion created by the rank choice system, even Murkowski could lose to the Democrat and further solidify the fact that rank choice exists only to help Democrats.
How fitting would that be for Murkowski to lose in a system essentially created to protect her?
US Political Daily will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.