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Politics Podcast: Why Alaskans Aren’t In A Rush To Send Sarah Palin To Washington

It’s been nearly 14 years since Sarah Palin became one of the best-known and most polarizing politicians in the country as Sen. John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election. Since then, Palin has teased a comeback several times, but her campaign to run in this year’s special House election in Alaska is her first attempt to return to electoral politics. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew explains why Palin may not be a shoo-in for the seat left behind when Rep. Don Young died in March.

They also debate whether the AARP is correct that women age 50 and over will determine the outcome of the 2022 midterms. Finally, they discuss the experiences of urban Republicans and rural Democrats in a country increasingly sorted geographically and politically.

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Galen Druke is FiveThirtyEight’s podcast producer and reporter.

Sarah Frostenson is FiveThirtyEight’s former politics editor.

Geoffrey Skelley is a senior elections analyst at FiveThirtyEight.