Former Alaskan Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin has been running in a state primary for an August special election for the U.S. House against 47 other candidates, one of them being a 68-year-old man who officially changed his name to “Santa Claus” about ten years ago.

The early results from the election show that Trump-endorsed Palin got about 30% of the vote and will be running against three others for the job – republican Nick Begich III, Independent Al Gross and Democrat Mary Peltola. The four will head to the next election for this seat in August.

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The seat needs to be filled after the death of long-time Representative Don Young who passed away in March, with the job lasting four months (until January 2023). The election for the full two-year term will be held in November.

Disappointingly, Santa Claus, whose real name is Thomas Patrick O’Connor, is a Democrat Socialist, and a Bernie Sanders supporter. Unfortunately for him, he only got about 4.5% of the vote, proving that name recognition isn’t everything in an election. 

Or maybe people are sick of all the free stuff that is already being handed out by the government and see the negative consequences of said actions.

Either way, it looks like Claus, who is a lifetime union man and council member mayor pro team of the town of North Pole, can go back to bossing around short people in green pointy shoes.

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The Washington Post ran a piece on April 16 (just 15 days after she filed) that said right in the title that “Many Alaskans are skeptical of her.” This was said to be because she hadn’t been seen much in the state in the years since Palin took a break from politics.

Apparently, the one person they interviewed for the article misled the publication.

At the time, a statement from Palin’s office said that she “believes that America is at a tipping point and that the hard-working men and women of Alaska deserve a champion in Washington to fight for them against the destructive policies of the far left.”

Claus didn’t do any advertising and didn’t take campaign contributions. He figured his name (and support for medical marijuana) was enough of a draw to win enough votes. But, it turned out that the slogan of “Santa Claus for Alaska” wasn’t enough to beat Palin and the others. 

Too many folks must have been on the naughty list for him to pull off a win.

This piece was originally written by Liberty Paige on June 13, 2022. It appeared in and is used by permission. Leah Anaya with Red Voice Media contributed to the updated version as it appears here.

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