Democrat Mary Peltola win U.S. House special election in Alaska

after winning a special election on Wednesday that was decided by ranked-choice voting results.

She will be the first member of Alaskan descent to serve in Congress.

Former state lawmaker Peltola defeated 2008 Republican vice presidential contender Sarah Palin by three percentage points, 51.5% to 48.5%, in the final round of voting.

The controversial Palin, a supporter of former President Donald Trump, is prevented by Peltola's triumph from making an instant comeback into the national political arena.

Even though Alaska's special election was held earlier this month, it took until Wednesday to count all of the mail-in ballots and determine the winner.

Using the state's new ranked-choice voting method, determine the winner.

Republican Nick Begich III came in third in the election, so voters who had put him as their first choice