Four Election Terms Your Students Should Know from the Alaska and Wyoming's Primaries
Ask Students: Who were some of the candidates in the 2022 Alaska and Wyoming primaries? What was a key factor as to why Rep. Cheney lost her race?
Primary elections took place Tuesday in Wyoming and Alaska as voters decided whether to back GOP incumbents who have criticized former President Donald Trump. Seven of the Republican House members who voted to impeach former President Trump have already retired or lost their primary races.
In Wyoming, incumbent Rep. Liz Cheney, the GOP’s most forceful critic of Trump and the head of the Jan. 6 committee, lost her election.
In Alaska, incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski faced 18 challengers, including Trump-endorsed Kelly Tshibaka, who came in second. In the open primary, the top four vote-getters will compete on a ranked-choice voting ballot in November.
Alaska voters also participated in a statewide race in a special U.S. House election to fill the state’s only House seat (currently vacant due to the passing of Rep. Don Young) and one in which Trump-backed Sarah Palin seeks a return to office. It could take until Aug. 31 to know the winner of the special election. Palin also ran in a regular primary for the U.S. House seat and will advance to the general election on Nov. 8 along with the other three top vote-getters, including Democrat Mary Peltola and Republican Nick Begich.
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Click on the images below to see how all the candidates performed in Tuesday’s primaries.
Know your voting vocab and get familiar with these key civics terms. Then have a conversation with a peer or family member about whether they think open primaries and ranked-choice voting makes the electoral process more democratic.
For more about what Rep. Cheney’s primary loss says about Trump’s influence on the Republican Party, watch the story below.