Politics & Government

Palin flies home to vote, heads to Phoenix

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Gov. Sarah Palin made a fleeting visit to Alaska on Tuesday morning to vote at her home polling place in Wasilla.

Her private McCain-Palin campaign jet rolled into a private hangar at Stevens International Airport just before 5 a.m. She and husband Todd got out and hugged a few waiting supporters before getting into a dark Ford Excursion, Secret Service staff buzzing around them.

In a drama rarely seen here, the Palins led a motorcade of a dozen vans and SUVs full of press and staff out the Glenn Highway, Alaska State Troopers flanking them, sirens blaring.

First stop in Wasilla was Kaladi Bros. Coffee. A swarm of press people followed her inside, where she bantered with the manager while waiting for her white chocolate skinny mocha. A copy of the Anchorage Daily News caught her eye.

The headline: "Board exonerates Palin."

It was a story about a state Personnel Board investigator clearing her of ethics violations in the firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

"Nice headline!" the governor said as she held it up for the cameras.

Asked how she felt about her chances in the election, she said, "Very confident."

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