(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.
Keep them coming...Time to see the light!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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?
And a convicted felon is allowed to run for public office because.....?
Come on, 58!
Finally some good news out of Alaska
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.
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.....
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"
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.
Lets see if we can restore some sanity in the Senate by electing Begich.. Come on Alaskans, you can do it..
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.
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.
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.
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.
GOOD! I can not BELIEVE that anyone would vote for a convicted felon! What are the people of Alaska thinking.........or not?!
Come on Mark, you can do it too! Why you were in a tight race in the first place, speaks volumes about Alaskans!
A Begich win will let the Senate avoid addressing the expulsion of Stevens from the Senate, something they are proabably reluctant to do.
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.
why all the new ballots? I don't get it. how is it 90,000 votes were overlooked during the first count?
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.