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False populist Sarah Palin is. Alaskans opted for the genuine.

Sarah Palin represented a then-novel kind of Republican: faux populist and made for reality TV. She paved the way for the party as we know it today. Palin’s second loss in a row is a promising sign for Alaska and for the U.S. Palin cashed in her political capital to catapult herself to celebrity. Mary Peltola is pro-choice, pro-labor and “pro-fish”.

She ran a unifying, civil, positive campaign. Her populist policy positions can appeal to moderate and conservative voters.