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. Annie, Atlanta

    How does a convicted felon win an election. And all the polls were so accurate for the other 49 states, and way off for AK where Stevens was way behind in polling, and is ahead right now. What's going on?

    November 11, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. The truth is what counts Ailing Phailling Palin

    Sarah you have lied so long you wouldn't even recognize The Truth if you saw it .
    You have lied and spread hate long before this election and wormed your way doing what ever it took with whoever it took including your best friend the felon .and all "the gates" we have and have not checked out.
    Your religion and politics don't mix ,your hate spreads more hate,your lies breed hate and more lies .
    You are not a fixer upper you are a tearer upper and besides all this your smarts are missing .

    November 11, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Peter (CA)

    JP....your right wings are showing again.

    The ballots usually support the Democrat because they come from the elderly, the poor, and those who cannot afford to take time from work to vote--groups that usually vote Democratic. No mystery here.

    That being said, I pray the voters of Alaska get it right and vote for Begich.
    Otherwise, a felon will have won the election. And when he gets kicked out, he will be replaced by another of the not-too-bright-bulbs, Sarah Palin.

    November 11, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Why does the Constitution allow convicted felons to even be on the ballot...maybe those votes for convicted felons should automatically be removed from counting. We don't allow convicted felons in prison the right to vote, so why does Stevens even get to stay on the ballot.

    November 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Alaskan

    How can you people just sit at your computers and insult us Alaskans without even knowing anything about us? We owe a lot to Ted Stevens being that he has been our senator for 40 years. And also why are you people bringing up Sarah Palin? She is a the best governor in the entire United States. Maybe if you people actually read up about her instead of wasting your time blogging on CNN you would learn why we love her!!!!

    November 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. lovely

    How does a man who now can't vote because he is a convicted fellon still have the right to run?

    This is a screwed up system we have.

    November 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. lovely

    This guy stole hundreds of thousands of dollars of tax payers money and the democrat STILL can't beat him. Alaska is dumb.

    November 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. lovely

    Alaska is lucky we haven't sold it to Canada yet.

    November 11, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Polity

    Although I personally would love to see the 50,000 votes put Begich over the top, the Alaska vote doesn't necessarily mean the people are stupid. Stevens will likely be expelled from the Senate, and the Governor would appoint a replacement until 2010. Alaska would rather have an appointed Republican than a Democrat for six years (if Begich wins).

    November 11, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. observer

    Palin has no credibility. No need to mention that she is not intelligent enough to run a country. Come on... Alaska has small population and less complicated than the multiracial USA.

    Ted Steven should be oust.... !

    November 11, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. KMAN

    Alaska has now officially replaced Texas as the state with the dumbest rednecked voters!

    November 11, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Wow

    J.P.- The reason that these votes seem to favor Democrats is that votes have a well known liberal bias.

    November 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Sheila

    Keeping Stevens is not as stupid as electing BarackO.

    November 11, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Seattle Sue

    Voter turnout was high in 49 states, turn out was low in Alaska. Why?

    November 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. yes we can

    Banana republic.. your count what you want as you need. Is this the greatest democracy in the world?

    November 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Gerald C

    Strange. 50,000 votes is a lot of votes. It's more than enough to change who won. Why wait a week until after election day to tally them? Because Ted Stevens has been in power in Alaska long enough to have friends who are trying to steal an election for him, that's why. I think a lot of Americans have been absolutely disgusted with what we have learned about Alaska in the last few months. Someone stop the bleeding.

    November 11, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. J.P.

    Hey wait... do they have ACORN in Alaska? Just asking...

    November 11, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. Vic

    Alaska will screw this up...especially if Palin has anything to do with it.
    Palin is not trustworthy and she proved it during her hate filled, lie and slime campaign against Senator Obama.

    November 11, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. Paul

    It is sad that he won’t step down after a jury of his peers found him guilty, he has no respect for the law.

    I may be off here but maybe Bush will pardon him, that could be why he won't step down

    November 11, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. GA for Obama

    Sheila- the only stupid things is why we keep RIGHT-WING EXTREMISTS like you when electing Obama is the best thing we've done!

    November 11, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. Daniel

    Let's get this straight – the state whose governor has the highest popularity ratings in the country is going to re-elect a convicted felon? Doesn't say much for Palin's "support", or the Alaskan people for that matter. You all should be ashamed of yourself.

    November 11, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Jon

    Alaska went from a state that was completely off most people's radar a few months ago to a state with the most laughable group of leaders I've ever heard of and, in my opinion, a national disgrace.

    November 11, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. MikeH

    Lots of evidence the Alaska election was corrupted. Looks like Sarah has put a tin-horn dictatorship in place there.

    Sarah Palin's latest interview is a joke. Ths woman is a pathological liar, why would anyone believe her.

    November 11, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. Turnabout is fair play

    3strikes November 11th, 2008 2:33 pm ET

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

    How did you turn this blog into a hate rant against Obama? This blog has NOTHING to do with Obama and your statement shows your obvious lack of intelligence and your considerable ignorance and stupidity. You must be that clueless old bat at McCain's rally wearing the red shirt and that messed up white wig calling Obama an Arab.. brainless waste of flesh.

    November 11, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. katiec

    Sure sounds like something is "fishy" in Alaska.
    No more votes than they have to count should have been done
    days ago. How many Dems and Pubs are there overseeing
    things. Gosh, could something crooked possibly be going on??

    November 11, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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