November 11th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
5 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.


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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Dump Stevens: He's a Felon

    Sarah Palin for Senator, on her way to the presidency in 2012 when she will only be 46. Obama is only the interim president as we await the real deal–Sarah Barracuda-The Thrilla from Wasilla.

    November 11, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Turnabout is fair play

    Sheila, Wow, and possibly J.P: Don't be idiotic Rethugnican tools, your man, McPastyBiscuitFace lost and the BEST man for the job won thanks to voters like me and others in this blog. Hating on Obama isn't going to stop him from being your master and you, his b!tches on January 20th, so lay back and take it.

    November 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. M. WINNERS

    NO PALIN in 2012, 2016, 2020 etc, etc

    Keep the Wasilla hillbilly and her low rent trailer trash style of "talkin" far, far away from the lower 48...

    November 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. arc, Lugano CH

    Stevens, the shining example of a Republican criminal, deserves to die in jail. He’s an old man. A 5 year sentence ought to do it.

    November 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. @ NYC

    i love democracy (when it works).

    November 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. DeVone

    She will keep talking and go no where what she should do
    is educate her self and then talk about 2012 and some one need
    to tell her that it was more the the Bush failure that help
    President Elact Obam to win and a whole lot of hers and John McCains mouth and it seems that a lot of folk in Aliskai have
    problems walking a stright line

    November 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Cody

    I find it very indicative of Gov. Palin's ability to run an administration when a state with one of the smallest populations is taking this long to tally a senate vote... It just doesn't make sense to me...

    November 11, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Mike in Columbus

    Wow, so we heard all election about Gov. Palin's 80+% approval rating in Alaska. Apparently, as a Republican in Alaska it doesn't take much to earn that approval. The R next to your name seems to be all that is required. Alaska, a shining example of Democracy, sending a convicted felon to represent them.

    November 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Real Change

    So if you're a convicted fellon you can't vote, but you can get elected.

    Is this a great country or what?

    November 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Phil in KC

    Good grief! These people are incompetent! How in the world do you get a week past election day without counting ballots that were cast in advance of election day?
    They should be verifying and tallying them as they come in. Those vote counts should be known (and kept secret) at the beginning of election day.
    Even if you count them afterwards, they shoud have been counted right along with the ballots cast on election day.
    We really need to bring the voting process into the 21st century.

    November 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to Dump Stevens:

    Sarah Palin is 44 years-old now. 2012 is 4 years from now, which would make Palin 48, not 46. Or, are you espousing the GOP math which makes no sense but serves your purpose?!

    Doesn't this whole Stevens thing remind one of Ollie North, who almost got elected to the Senate from Virginia but couldn't cast a vote on his own behalf due to being a convicted felon?!

    November 11, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Alaska is the new Florida – full of completely clueless voters and corrupt politicians.

    November 11, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Kevin in MN

    I didn't realize how screwed up things are in Alaska. I seems like Sarah Palin will be able to keep herself occupied fixin' up things for the next 25 years so we won't have to worry about her runnin' for president and stuff like that. (I'm hoping)

    November 11, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Gun Nut

    Is amazing enough that alaskans voted in favor of a felon. BTW Palin is blaming Bush even when she wanted to continue his policies?

    November 11, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Ginger from MN

    Alaskan: WHAT could you possibly OWE Senator Stevens? He is supposed to be YOUR public servant and serve your interests, not his own. The people elect a public officer to serve their needs, not the other way around. It doesn't matter how long he's been around, he's using his power, your money, and your blind commitment to serve HIS needs. YOU have been paying his salary, he doesn't pay yours. YOU deserve better, and so does the entire state of Alaska. I just hope Sarah Palin picks the right person for the job if she is called upon to do so. She can start proving herself with a good step in the right direction. They serve YOU!! Call upon them to do so!!

    November 11, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Patty in the CA mountains

    And this is the state that supplied the woman who wanted to be the next VP.....can corruption be any more clear....there are more inconsistencies with the voting in Alaska than in all the other states combined

    November 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Jasmine in Germany

    One shouldn't be allowed to run for the PTA much less the Senate after being convicted of crimes. Plus, Stevens is just too old for the job. He should bow out for both reasons.

    November 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. Ken in Dallas

    Stevens' own campaign manager expects the final tally to elect Begich.

    'nuff said!

    November 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. Frank

    The whole vote situation is very suspect "up there in Alaaska". All of the polls, all, had the races looking one way and then we have the huge swings. The same polls that were actuate throughout the country are 15% off in Alaaska? I think not. And having the Alaska Governor on the Presidential ticket and having 22% Less votes than in 2004? Something smells up there. Is Alaska the new Florida? Yep, somethin smells up there in Alaaska and it smells like fraud.

    November 11, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. Sabuc in Atlanta

    Yet another reason why Palin's Alaskan credentials were bogus. I hope Stevens looses his seat and gains a new stainless steel toilet in an 8×10 prison cell.

    November 11, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. paulette

    stop it! all of you. Your negative thoughts and words are disgusting. can't you say anything about anybody in these blogs without blowing them to pieces and running them into the ground. Have you no decency or kindness in you? Its over. You won Obama is President. as a democrat, i did not vote for him or like his views, but i want to give him a chance and if he is succesful, we will be. I am trying to stay positive. Can't you find it in your hearts to let your thoughts on Alaska and your elitist remarks and jeers about Palin go??? Grow up and get a life. I would rather read the newspapers with all the terrible news than to read your ranting and whining. So, i won't read them again. America has really gotten mean. You can disagree with a candidate and even state that they are not "qualified" but lets not make it personal and this blog has nothing but personal and damaging remarks. Get a job and get a life. Makes me wonder what you would do, if your candidate lost the election. Or maybe i am grateful it happened otherwise. We will see. but at least, i keep an open mind and let my prior preferences go.

    November 11, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    ah yes ... the Alaskans love "Uncle Ted" who brings home the pork ... for a state that has no income, sales or property tax – and for every federal dollar sent to DC, Alaska gets $1.80 back!

    Now that's worth overlooking a silly thing like a felony conviction! The jails are full of innocent people – they'll tell you themselves!

    Remember laws don't apply to Republicans: see the Bush Administration for the past 8 years.

    November 11, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. political junkie

    Palin – Stevens – is this the BEST Alaska has to offer????????

    I feel sorry for the people of Alaska (not to mention the wildlife!)

    It's such a beautiful place, and should be PROTECTED -
    not trashed. Gov Palin destroys the wildlife, and together
    with Stevens also destroys the image of the people there.

    November 11, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. Purnell K3 IL

    Where did these votes come from, out of the blue or what?

    November 11, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. petena

    Unbelievable! Governor Palin you are a shame. Is this how you wanted to be president of the USA? PLEASEEEEE

    November 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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