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As the first Alaska Native elected to Congress

Mary Peltola is set to make history :

The remainder of late Congressman Don Young's term will be filled by Democrat Mary Peltola, who defeated Republican Sarah Palin in the election.

The Alaska special election was held earlier this month, but it took until Wednesday to add up all the mail-in ballots and determine the victor.

Peltola won with 51.5% of the vote, to Palin’s 48.5%.

Peltola, who is 49 years old , will hold the position of first female and Alaska Native member to serve in the House.

Former state lawmaker Peltola recently worked for a commission whose objective is to restore salmon resources on the Kuskokwim River.

She stressed her support for abortion rights during the campaign and stated that she wants to raise awareness for ocean productivity and food security.

When the House reconvenes after its summer break, by Sept. 12, Peltola will take the oath. A special session will be called by the Speaker of the House to swear Peltola in early.

Rep. Don Young (R)'s remaining four months will be served by Peltola. she will also be running for re-election in November for the full two-year term.