Washington (Times Of Ocean)- Former President Donald Trump reportedly urged Sarah Palin to run in the special election for Alaska’s open House seat.
Fox News reports that Palin announced her candidacy for the seat of the late Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, after speaking with Trump, who encouraged her to run.
“I’m announcing my candidacy for the U.S. House seat representing Alaska,” Palin announced Friday night just 10 minutes before the deadline to register for the race. “Public service is a calling, and I would be honored to represent the men and women of Alaska in Congress, just as Rep. Young did for 49 years.
“I realize that I have very big shoes to fill, and I plan to honor Rep. Young’s legacy by offering myself up in the name of service to the state he loved and fought for, because I share that passion for Alaska and the United States of America.”
There are 51 candidates in this special election, but a Republican strategist told Politico that Palin is “certainly the favorite, just because everyone knows her.”
Michael Glassner, who was Palin’s running mate with former Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during the 2008 presidential campaign against Barack Obama, is a top adviser to Palin. Politico reports that Glassner’s firm was most recently working with Trump’s Save America PAC.
By-mail ballots for the June 26 primary election will be released, where the top four finishers will advance to the Aug. 16 special election, which will be decided by ranked-choice voting.