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A winner in the Alaska special general election to fill the remainder of former GOP Rep. Don Young’s term, which ends in January 2023, is yet to be determined after no candidate in the race received a majority of the vote in Tuesday’s election.

Tuesday’s special general election for the vacant seat in Alaska utilized ranked-choice voting, a measure approved by Alaska residents in 2020 that dismissed the state’s previous election method consisting of partisan elections ahead of general elections. Due to the measure’s approval, all candidates in the special election appeared on the same ballot.

Ranked-choice voting allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference on their ballots. Should one candidate receive a majority of first-preference votes, that individual is declared the winner in the race. However, if no candidate wins a majority of first-preference votes, the candidate with the fewest first-preference votes is eliminated. Following the elimination of the candidate who received the least amount of first-preference votes, voters’ second-preference choices are evaluated and a new tally is established to determine whether a candidate in the race has received a majority of the vote. That process is repeated until a candidate wins a majority of the vote.

Tabulations of the ranked-choice ballots will be conducted on August 31, meaning a winner in the race for the seat may not be declared until later this month or early September.

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From left to right: Alaska GOP House candidate Nick Begich, Alaska GOP House candidate Sarah Palin, and Alaska Democrat House candidate Mary Peltola.

From left to right: Alaska GOP House candidate Nick Begich, Alaska GOP House candidate Sarah Palin, and Alaska Democrat House candidate Mary Peltola. (: Ash Adams for The Washington Post, Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The seat to represent Alaska’s at-large congressional district became vacant after Young, who held the seat for 49 years after winning a special election in 1973, passed away earlier this year.

A top-four primary election for the seat was held on June 11, which concluded with former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, Republican Nick Begich, Democrat Mary Peltola, and independent Al Gross advancing to the special election.

Gross, an orthopedic surgeon and commercial fisherman, withdrew from the race on June 20. The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that fifth-place finisher Tara Sweeney, a Republican, could not advance to the special general election in the absence of Gross.

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Alaska special election candidates Mary Peltola and Nick Begich shown participating in early voting on August 12 and August 10, respectively.

Alaska special election candidates Mary Peltola and Nick Begich shown participating in early voting on August 12 and August 10, respectively. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

The special primary election ballot consisted of 22 nonpartisan or undeclared candidates, 16 Republicans, six Democrats, two libertarians, one American Independent Party member, and one Alaskan Independence Party member.

In the special election primary, Palin received 27% of the vote, Begich received 19% of the vote, Gross received 13% of the vote, and Peltola received 10% of the vote.

Palin received an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, Begich received endorsements from North Pole Mayor Michael Welch, several state House and Senate members, and special election primary candidate John Coghill, and Peltola received endorsements from special election primary candidates Gross, Santa Claus, Christopher Constant, Mike Milligan, and Emil Notti.

Alaska GOP House candidate Sarah Palin speaks alongside former US President Donald Trump during a "Save America" rally in Anchorage, Alaska on July 9, 2022.

Alaska GOP House candidate Sarah Palin speaks alongside former US President Donald Trump during a "Save America" rally in Anchorage, Alaska on July 9, 2022. (PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

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The special general election took place in accordance with a primary election for Alaska’s at-large congressional district on Tuesday, with all three candidates who were on the special general election ballot appearing on the primary ballot in hopes of advancing to the November general election where they will face off against challengers to serve a full two-year term.

Fox News’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.

Kyle Morris covers politics for Fox News. On Twitter: @RealKyleMorris.

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