November 11th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Alaska to count 50,000 more votes Wednesday

(CNN) - The roller coaster Alaska Senate race could take another turn Wednesday when election officials there plan to count some 50,000 absentee and early ballots which previously have not been totalled.

Alaska's unofficial tally currently shows incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Stevens leading Democratic opponent Mark Begich 48 percent to 46.6 percent. Stevens, a political juggernaut in Washington, is clutching that narrow lead even after a jury found him guilty of seven felony corruption counts last month. The 40-year senator insists he is innocent.

Stevens and Begich are currently separated by just 3,257 votes, according to the Alaska Division of Elections Web site.

But those numbers primarily reflect votes cast on Election Day. In a statement, Alaska elections officials said that no absentee or early votes have been counted yet because the state wanted to check each one against precinct voter lists.

The officials estimate some 50,000 of the uncounted votes have now been cross-checked and will be counted Wednesday.

That could provide a big bounce for either candidate, but it may not end things. State figures indicate another 20,000 early and absentee votes are still being authenticated and will not be tallied yet.

Filed under: Alaska • Senate • Ted Stevens
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Mernoush

    who cares?

    November 11, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Hillary supporter for obama

    Every one of those votes should be crossed checked and tallied... something smells fishy to me....

    November 11, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. No Hillary = No Obama

    I don't understand why Ted Stevens isn't arrested? He was found guilty. This is another disease of no term-limits. It breds corruption in all forms of which monetary is only one.

    November 11, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Donna

    I fervently hope that Stevens loses. That way we won't be faced with Palin engineering herself as his replacement. Let her remain as governor–if she isn't impeached–run for re-election and lose, and then fade from the political scene. The country will be a safer place.

    November 11, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. ANGIE

    I guess Alaskins dont mind Corruption and Frauds in their State and Gov Palin has to realize WE ARE NOT ALASKINS!!

    November 11, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Eileen, Burbank, California

    We just cannot continue to bail out every business sector that finds itself in peril. I understand the incredibly wide reach of the auto industry, and the jobs in jeopardy if it should fail. But these companies kept pumping out those big SUVs and Hummers and oversize trucks and simply wouldn't help move public consumption toward more responsible vehicles. Like Wall Street, they grabbed the money and ran. The auto industry was short-sighted, stupid and irresponsible.
    If there is a bail-out, some stiff conditions MUST be met, and that includes THE UNIONS which have been outrageous in their demands for pay and benefits.

    November 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. FreeNLovIt

    Please leave ban on stem cells alone. 18 days after conception, the embryo has a heartbeat. To me, if you have a heartbeat, you are ALIVE!!! Let them Rest In Peace.

    November 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. That Other Jerry

    Best scenario for Sarah Palin: Stevens wins and has to step down; Palin wins his seat in a special election and spends the next six years in Washington getting the experience and knowledge she needs to be taken seriously the next time around. She's only 44; she can afford to wait until she's ready and all her idiot critics are busy chasing cars down the road.

    November 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Barbara in NC

    Stevens, a convicted felon, should be disqualified. I believe our laws should reflect that no felon hold a Fed. Gov.t Office. EVER

    November 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Doug R.

    Ted Stevens (R-Alaksa) is a convicted felon and criminal. He should be arrested and hauled off to federal prison, where he belongs.

    November 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Jeff

    This is terrific! I am now ready to accept Sarah Palin's offer for the lower 48 (and Hawaii) to follow the pristine example of government in action in Alaska - clearly her state is the frontrunner in every segment of government, and getting the election process right! NOT!

    What a joke!

    November 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. observer

    Hey, US does not have much options. Economy is really bad and more and more job loss. Certain actions may not be favorable but necessary.

    Let Obama takes this actions and results will tell. You will not know whether it works or not until you try it out. So, do not jump to conclusion too early. Otherwise, if no action taken, situation will be worse off.

    November 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. SickAndTired!!!!!!!!

    I didn't know Americans can vote for convicts.......This is a joke!

    November 11, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Deb in Colo

    All convicted felons say they're innocent. Very few are.

    November 11, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Spencer/VA

    Even if Stevens is re-elected, the Senate will not allow him to keep his seat. Like myself, he's a convicted felon. This jerk actually was allowed to vote for himself. Something is wrong with that picture. People are not above the law and he should not receive any special treatment. The same goes for his abuse of power governor.

    November 11, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. 3strikes

    if people say how corrupted alaska is, look at how much more corruption that went on and is still goin on in the states. this is more like – the divided & corrupted states of america. nobama wants another bailout for the union, which means taking more of your money to bailout an auto corporation, americans are buying foreign cars!? what good would that bailout do?

    November 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. kevin

    i like it. i really do. yes that is what they should do

    November 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Patriot

    50,000 votes not counted? That's like a third of Alaska's whole population!

    Sarah/Joe the Plumber in 2012!

    November 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |

    If Stevensen wins out and maintain his seat, this will show the mentality of the Alaskans. This will show their support of corrupt government. HOW SICK IS THAT!!!

    If Govenor Palin really want to make a stand, she should not allow that to happen and then appoint someone OTHER THAN HERSELF to fill that senate seat. If she appoints her self, this will show her continued SELFISH ALL ABOUT her attitude is true.

    November 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. john

    hey cnn how ya feeling today ? yeah this is great this is great. we need this count . yes we do

    November 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Moe, NY

    Stevens is a convicted felon. This man is above arrogant. I am sick and tired of these Republican criminals who are found guilty by a jury of their peers continuing to ignore the law of the land. This man should be made to step down.

    November 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. john

    hey yeahhhh

    November 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. BeefyDaddy

    Oh good, I was getting tired of making Florida the laughing stock of the US for their election stupidity. Between the high approval ratings for the wolf-hunting, bible-thumper and her extreme fundamentalist creationist views, and now actually voting for Stevens who if convicted won't even be allowed to vote for himself, well, are the new Florida. Congratulations.

    November 11, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Danny in Chicago

    Who Cares??? Why are we talking about anything but the president elect? There's serious issues going on and you're talking more about the republicans than the democrats......why? Who WON again?

    We all know the rich people are republicans.....but you lost. So shut up!

    November 11, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Andrew from Illinois

    Hopefully the absentees can send Begich over the top and get rid of Stevens once and for all.

    November 11, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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