Alaska's next governor will be a former small-town mayor and self-described "hockey mom" with little statewide political experience but who promises an ethical and transparent tenure.

Republican Sarah Palin slew her second Alaska governor in elections this year, defeating former two-term Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles in his comeback attempt Tuesday.

Earlier this year, the 42-year-old Wasilla mother of four beat incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski in the GOP primary.

With 56 of precincts reporting, Palin had a 50 percent to 39 percent edge over the former two-term governor.

Independent Andrew Halcro had nearly 10 percent of the votes.

Palin ran on ethics and transparency, delivering what voters wanted to hear in a year that saw an FBI corruption investigation into ties between legislators and the oil industry, and continuing oil infrastructure problems on the North Slope, the heart of Alaska's economy.

Knowles' harping on Palin's lack of statewide political experience apparently did not stick with voters. Knowles had said that lack of experience would be a detriment when it comes to closing a deal for a North Slope natural gas pipeline.