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U.S. House candidate Mary Peltola speaks with reporters at her campaign party in Anchorage on Aug. 16. (Kerry Tasker/Reuters)

Today, Alaska Democrat Mary Peltola emerged from a ranked-choice election to fill the remainder of the late Rep. Don Young’s (R) term, the state elections division announced. She beat two Republicans — Sarah Palin, the former governor and vice-presidential candidate, and Nick Begich III. Peltola is also a candidate in the November general election to replace Young for the full two-year term.

At Wednesday’s briefing, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre explained the president’s urgency in giving a prime-time speech Thursday on protecting America’s “core values.” Biden sees “MAGA Republicans” as an “extreme threat to our democracy, to our freedom, to our rights,” she said.

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  • 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. First lady Jill Biden participated in a session focused on efforts to strengthen the teaching profession and help K-12 school districts fill vacancies.
  • 2:45 p.m. Eastern time. Briefing by Jean-Pierre. Watch here.
  • 8 p.m. Eastern time. Alaska released results of special election.
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12:30 p.m. Eastern time. First lady Jill Biden participated in a session focused on efforts to strengthen the teaching profession and help K-12 school districts fill vacancies.
2:45 p.m. Eastern time. Briefing by Jean-Pierre. Watch here.
8 p.m. Eastern time. Alaska released results of special election.

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