Former Alaskan Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin has been running in a special state primary for an August special election for the U.S. House against 47 other candidates, one of them being a 68-year-old guy who officially changed his name to “Santa Claus” about ten years ago.

The early results from the election show that Trump-endorsed Palin got about 30% of the vote and will be running against three others for the job – republican Nick Begich III, independent Al Gross and democrat Mary Peltola.

The seat needs to be filled after the death of REP Don Young who passed away in March and the job will last four months. The election for the full two-year term will be held in November.

Santa Claus, whose real name is Thomas Patrick O’Connor, is a democrat socialist and a Bernie Sanders supporter. 

Unfortunately for him, he only got about 4.5% of the vote. I guess name recognition isn’t everything. 

Or maybe people are sick of all the free stuff that is already being handed out by the government. 

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Either way, it looks like Claus, who is a lifetime union man and council member mayor pro team of the town of North Pole, can go back to bossing around short people in green pointy shoes.

Claus didn’t do any advertising and didn’t take campaign contributions. He figured his name (and support for medical marijuana) was enough of a draw to win some votes but the strategy of “Santa Claus for Alaska” wasn’t enough to beat Palin and the others. 

I guess there were too many folks on the naughty list for him to win.