November 11th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
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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.


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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. OBAMA 4 President

    Palin should not be encouraged to run for anything, if she gets a good challenger, she'll easily loose her governor job as well. I don't care what Alaskans say, she is not qualified to run a day care!

    Obama, why not pick young, energetic, smart people for your cabinet, quit these old foggies, just rember what a sack of potatoes Biden has turned out to be!

    Also give your supporters a chance to apply for the 8,000 jobs coming up by advertising them on your web site. Use the computer to automatically short list them by removing non citizens, etc. The onslaught should be manageable with technology.

    BTW, Rahm Emanuel was a fantastic choice.

    November 11, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Karen

    What kind of fool would vote for someone with seven felony convictions? This is the kind of nonsense that happens when people vote blindly along party lines, or vote for a familiar name without knowing anything about the person. It's no wonder there is so much deadwood in government.

    November 11, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. chuck

    It means Stevens is in the frying pan like Sarah Palin. Two of a KIND.

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

    so there are 70,000 votes that haven't been counted from Alaska? That is 10% of the state's total population, and a much larger percentage of it's regestered voters. I imagine they will have a large impact on the tallies. I would love to see Alaska go blue. Won't happen but I would love to see it. I also have my fingers crossed that Don Young will be ousted.

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

    Sounds like the case of the "Standing Chads".

    November 11, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Ace Champion

    I ACE CHAMPION A GAY 23YR OLD MALE AM SO SAD ABOUT THE PROP 8 CAMPAIGN. I WAS LITERALLY IN TEARS WHEN I FOUND OUT ON NOV 4TH 2008 THAT I WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO CONTINUE PLANNING MY WEDDING WITH THA MAN I LOVE. WE BEEN TOGETHER FOR OVER 4 YRS AND IT WAS TIME TO SAY OUR I DO'S. ON A DAY WE WERE SUPPOSED TO BE HAPPY FOR THE VICTORIOUS WIN OF OUR PRESIDENT ELECT OBAMA WE DEEP DOWN GOT PUNCHED IN OUR GUT! I SHOWED MY SADNESS AND ANGER TO WORLD ON THE STREETS OF LONG BEACH ON NOV 7TH ME AND MY PARTNER JEFFERY JOHN AND AUNT AND COUSING WALKED THE STREETS OVER 2 MILES TO SHOW OUR PAIN. HOPEFULLY OUR PRAYERS WILL BE ANSWERED.

    November 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. And the truth is !

    Obama 4 President / Did he ask for your feedback ? NO
    Does he need your feedback?NO
    Find a new job.

    November 11, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Ken from Melbourne, FL

    Without taking sides (And I really do want to!) the obvious answer to why Alaskans would still vote for Stevens is that it is very much a red state.

    If he quit now, Begich (a Democrat) would win the seat. By staying in the race, he ensures that the Republicans keep their Senator. Even if (when) the Senate votes to expel him, the governor (Republican) gets to pick the replacement (maybe even herself). In any case, him quitting now loses another Senate seat to the Democrats. The Alaskan people know this.

    November 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Kevin

    A week after the election... Alaska is seriously a third-world country...

    November 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Gene

    Just the fact that the vote is this close shows the mental capacity of the average Alaskan. Why they would vote for a guy who just convicted of 7 felony counts is beyond me... but this vote already explains Palin's success in Alaska.

    November 11, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. 3strikes

    nobamas goin to turn the united states into a 3rd world country, maybe 4th world

    November 11, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Linda

    I wonder what's up with people in Alaska? First they picked the lack of any knowledge Palin, now more people voted for the convicted criminal - why???

    November 11, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. steveg

    The only thing that smells is the stink of corruption. It's insane that a convicted felon is allowed to run for office when he CANNOT VOTE.

    Zero credibility.
    Zero integrity.
    Zero accountability.

    November 11, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Laverne

    This guy is going down, slowly, but surely! I must say, I look at Alaska in a totally different light now, crooks!

    November 11, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. bababear

    When I have heard the story that all the polls that are so dead on in all the other states, but WAY OFF across the board in Alaska, smells really fish sto me. Kind of like Georgia in the 50's. Inventive, creative and fictional. Why so long long to count the rest of the votes? – ridiculous.

    November 11, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    Considering that Alaska's population is tiny in comparison with the rest of the Nation, WHY are we talking about Alaska??????????????????People who elect a convicted felon, like Stevens, are daft.

    November 11, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. facts are facts

    The fact is if Stevens does get elected this shows the entire world the American public has very low expectations for their elected officials and will simply be another example of why democracy is not always the best system for getting the best government.

    November 11, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Joe

    Rahm Emmanuel was an aide during the Clinton years...
    Clinton surrounded himself with young inexperienced people...
    and the country punished him for it two years later...
    Rahm Emmanuel is belligerent, profane, and unprofessional...and he is an elitist...
    this is the beginning of the end...
    noticed gun sales have shot up...
    something tells me we'll have a new president before 2012...

    November 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    How is it I see James Baker III fueling up the jet for a trip to Washington and the Supreme Court?!

    November 11, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. J.P.

    What, you mean Al Gore hadn't thrown those ballots in the dumpster?

    Where do all these mystery ballots come from? And why do they always seem to mysteriously support the Democrat? Smells fishy.

    November 11, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. former gop

    I always wanted to visit Alaska until my new found knowledge of how incredibly stupid the people are there. Why aren't the corrupt government employees like Palin and Stevens held accountable? I will never spend a dollar in Alaska.

    November 11, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Robbin SC

    this says alot about the mentality people of Alaska to put a convicted felon into office. But hey these are the people that gave Sarah Palin an 80% approval rating...go figure

    November 11, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Lee

    Why can't Alaska count it's vote sooner? The whole state population is much smaller than a city like Philadelphia.

    Why are the "results" in Alaska so far off the pre-election poll numbers when most every other senate race prediction was spot on or closer???

    Are the people of Alaska actually electing a felon, Republican Senator Ted Stevens?

    Something is very rotten about the state of Alaska and the republican political culture in that state. Perhaps we need UN observers or something (like in the third world) to make sure that the state apparatus is being used to throw away votes against the party and candidates now in power (corrupt republicans).

    November 11, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. California Gold

    Alaska is mystifying. For years Stevens has been allowed to abuse the system and violate conflict of interest laws. His escapades have been reported for a long, long time. Then Palin shows up and further damages my image of Alaskans. More abuse of power. Alaska keeps voting these people into office. They'll allow Stevens to telecommute from his jail cell and claim they are so cutting edge with their technology.

    November 11, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Huh

    Only a week late. Alaskans have low standards to have Stevens this close to reelections.

    November 11, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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