November 13th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
5 years ago

Begich takes lead in Alaska Senate race

Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich has taken the lead over Sen. Ted Stevens as votes continue to be counted in Alaska's senate race.
Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich has taken the lead over Sen. Ted Stevens as votes continue to be counted in Alaska's senate race.

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Ted Stevens has fallen 814 votes behind Democratic challenger Mark Begich as vote counting continues in Alaska.

The Anchorage mayor was trailing Stevens in the initial count, which did not include at least 90,000 absentee, early and provisional ballots.

With nearly two-thirds of those votes now tallied, Begich has taken the lead. An estimated 40,000 ballots have yet to be counted – a majority of them from the area of the state that includes Anchorage, according to state elections officials.


Filed under: Alaska • Mark Begich • Senate • Ted Stevens
soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. ken

    Keep them coming...Time to see the light!

    November 13, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. Rob Johnson

    That is great news! I don't hate all Republicans, some I even like, but Ted Stevens represents everything that is wrong with American politics.

    Among other things, he has been the water boy for the oil industry since I was a small child, and one of the most over-the-top anti-environmental crusaders in Congress. To Stevens, anybody who displays an interest in preserving the health of our planet is probably a secret Communist in disguise.

    Go Begich!

    November 13, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Tell me when the vote count is over and Stevens loses his reelection bid. That will save the Senate time of booting him out. I can't believe that Alaskans are that selfish to keep someone who has been convicted serving the state; he does bring home the pork. I guess that is the biggest reason; other could be that there hasn't been anyone else in the past 40 years.

    November 13, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Yes America, there is a Santa Claus. His sled is delivering Democratic votes to Alaska. Next, his sled will be taking Ted Stevens to Federal Prison!

    November 13, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. Glenn in California

    To see Stevens, a convicted felon, win, would be a grave miscarriage of justice. It doesn't say much for the state of Alaska to elect this man after the blatant misuse of power and corruption. But, then again, look who the governor of the state is. That says that Alaska will elect anybody.

    November 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. Cynthia; Bham

    Let's hope that he will continue to fall behind because the last thing we need is to see more of Sarah Palin. She went from not talking to the media to being on there everyday talking two and three times a day. Enough

    November 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Stu-Florida

    I guess that makes 814 smarter than the other 50%

    We would like to send Palin back to you all, from Florida.

    Can you put something in her moose chili... like anti-freeze?

    November 13, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. CanIcallyouJoe

    And a convicted felon is allowed to run for public office because.....?

    November 13, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. JS

    Come on, 58!

    November 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Paul

    Finally some good news out of Alaska

    November 13, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Michael, Houston Texas

    I'm glad to see that Alaskans are not as dumb as thier Govenor. I just cannot comprehend a guy who is a convicted felon, recently I might add, who is awaiting his jail sentence, get re-elected as a Senator uh wait, they did elect Sarah Palin as Govenor so I guess anything is possible. By the way, did Obama win Alaska? After Obama got to something like 368, I stop hearing about the rest of the countries electorial votes.

    November 13, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Susan in SC

    Oooohhhh, Palin's chance to catch the D.C. Senatorial train my be derailed..... (insert evil laugh). Seriously, I cannot believe that the Alaska vote is so close; Steven's is a convicted criminal. Of course this is the state that elected Smiling, winkin' Sarah as Gov. Big sigh.....

    November 13, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. CR in WI

    Well, a Stevens loss is a loss to the country as well, because we will never hear the phrase, "the Honarable Senator Palin from Alaska has the floor"

    amen.

    November 13, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. DebM, Allentown, PA

    I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to Begich winning this election.

    What does it mean? It means Stevens goes away, it means that there's no special runoff election for Stevens' seat, so there's no chance that Palin will have a chance at the Senate, and maybe, just maybe, the woman will leave us all alone. She is an unmitigated disaster.

    November 13, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. Sanity has been restored

    Lets see if we can restore some sanity in the Senate by electing Begich.. Come on Alaskans, you can do it..

    November 13, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. Will

    Let's if Alaska prefers to vote known criminals who have been stealing money from the government for 20 so years in office over democrats.

    November 13, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. ruty

    Go Begich go. Get that Stevens crook out of there. Maybe Palin will be next to go. I am a Republican but she shows me nothing but an irrating voice that never quits.

    November 13, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Barbara in NC

    How can those ignorant people in Alaska vote for a convicted felon? Maybed they SHOULD secede from the Union. Clean out the USA gene pool by several IQ points.

    November 13, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Michele

    Stevens has been convicted of 7...SEVEN...felony charges yet was allowed to continue running and even voted. This is an outrage!!!!

    I have a son convicted of 1...ONE felony charge and he has lost his right to vote. How does Stevens have more rights?

    Alaska are a bunch of fools if they do not raise a large red flag on their election process.

    November 13, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    GOOD! I can not BELIEVE that anyone would vote for a convicted felon! What are the people of Alaska thinking.........or not?!

    November 13, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. Bridgette-PA

    Come on Mark, you can do it too! Why you were in a tight race in the first place, speaks volumes about Alaskans!

    November 13, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Fred NH

    A Begich win will let the Senate avoid addressing the expulsion of Stevens from the Senate, something they are proabably reluctant to do.

    November 13, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Chris (SC)

    Can't believe someone would vote for a convicted felon, no matter what party he or she was in. Especially for corruption charges.

    Lets hope this sends a message to other politicians that think it is ok to take a little off the top because "they earned it" or that is how business is done. It isn't and should not be tolerated no matter what party they are in.

    November 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. egon

    why all the new ballots? I don't get it. how is it 90,000 votes were overlooked during the first count?

    November 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. Maggie from Virginia

    What is going on in Alaska? Why did they wait a week after the election to count the remaining 90,000 votes? Didn't they already declare Stevens the victor? Alaska is corrupt. Something needs to be done about this.

    November 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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