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. FormerAlaskanFemale

    Go Mark, Go!

    Help set a new tone for Alaskan politics.

    November 13, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Dan, TX

    Is every vote important? Yes, it is.

    November 13, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Musicpromo Glandale Ca

    Thank the lord.... Let's hope they get this old crook out if office. I can't image that the good people of Alaska would not know that he was going to be going to jail soon. Bye uncle ted play nice with the other inmates.

    November 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. Awaiting Moderation by CNN

    If most of the uncounted votes are from the Anchorage area Begich is likely to win. Now if the Dems can win the recount in Minnesota and the run-off in Georgia we will finally have the opportunity for change this country desperately needs. Then we just need Obama to make the right choices and avoid the pitfalls someone like Pelosi would lead him into.

    November 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Praetorian

    Thank goodness it appears providence will provide justice for the people of Alaska.

    Since Stevens didn't do the right thing and step down after his recent verdict(s) I'm sure the citizens of Alaska will be pleased with a Senator who possesses a very different set of values than his predecessor.

    November 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Jarrett

    Why didn't Alaska count all the votes on election day? Each candidate got roughly 100,000 votes on election day and there were 90,000 votes not yet counted. Nearly of the third of the vote was not counted! It's outrageous. Palin, please reform your election day process there in the state that you are executive of, also even, too.

    November 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Translation: Sarah Palin is losing her Senate spot! (She had plans for that spot!)

    November 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. That Other Jerry

    Fascinating... people inject Sarah Palin's name into an article that isn't about her, so they can say how much they don't want to hear about her anymore... I'm not a doctor, but I've been told Klonopin is effective for obsessive-compulsive disorder.

    November 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    Are the people who live in Alaska that stupid to vote for a convicted candidate? Maybe the cold air has depressed their thought process. This whole situation is ludicrous.

    November 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. OhioMOM

    Seems as if the folks of Alaska may not be that gullible, after all!

    November 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    Absolutely good news, let the convicted felon go. Alaska does not need that kind of baggage.

    November 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. KJL

    Thank goodness. I was beginning to think Sarah Palin wasn't the only Alaskan who doesn't read the paper.

    November 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. Republicans are liars

    These votes are absentee and provisional ballots from what I understand (yeah, vote early and get counted late.) whatever, go Begich! Do not leave any kind of door open for Sarah Palin to plow through!

    November 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Jesse from Berlin

    Proud of Obama?... now willing to work with Obama?....
    How can she work with a Terrorist, Socialist and a Lair?
    She wa calling him all that just 10 days ago....
    What has she to offer? Troopergate?
    It´s a pity that she´ll do anything just to be in the news...
    I honestly hope that the GOP has a better to offer...

    November 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. PL

    There goes Palin Senate seat, looks like when all is said and done she's right back where she started. The people of Alaska must be one odd group of citizens. I cannot believe with what I've seen of Palin she's Gov. and were still counting ballots because a convicted felon is still in the race for the United States Senate. Alaska scares me.

    November 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Matt

    egon, it's because absentee ballots don't get counted unless it's close like this.

    November 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    YAY... we hope this means they can't get felon Stevens in so that he can give up his seat to Boob Palin.

    November 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. Nick

    There's something to be said about this whole thing. It's opened our eyes to how different Alaska is. It's like looking at a map and saying "something's not quite like the others."

    November 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. arc, Lugano CH

    Stevens, yet another shining example of a Republican criminal deserves to go to jail.

    He’s an old man. A 5 year sentence ought to do be enough for a life sentence.

    November 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. pam Eugene OR

    Bad news for Palin if Stevens is not reelected. There goes her chance to place herself in the national arena!
    I am glad to see the goof people of Alaska do not want a convicted felon representing them.
    At least not most of the people!

    November 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Phillip Bunn

    I think Alaska should succeed from the Union and have Sarah and Todd declared "Heir-apparent Farts," and then become a wasteland of ignorance, corruption and acid-induced, Christian, media coverage for perverted eskimos and deceased artic animals.

    November 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Sharon Davis

    Hooray! Please let him win. I get physically sick every day when Palin is once again interviewed and I am considering stopping watching all cable news soon if she doesn't prance back to Alaska and stay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Jazz

    Great now we don't have to look at Palin anymore. She is a sore eye to see on the news everyday.

    November 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. Ann

    do people from alaska vet their leaders before putting them on ballot or anyone can just run?
    Because I don't think palin was vetted and their senator too

    I may be heading to alaska on Nov 27 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Chut Pata

    There goes Sara Palin's chances of senate leading to presidency. She was hoping Ted Stevens would win, then get disqualified, and she would win in bye-elections so that she may campaign for presidency 2012.

    November 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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