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. Sharon Kitchen

    You know,certain states like to hold onto ballotts........ups..................................now stevens is not ahead.........................so, he can go to jail now??????????????????????.....7 Federal counts await.................

    I can not wait to see what Georgia comes up with.................................................all those absantee ballotts........................right.

    November 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Thanks, but no thanks...Stevens

    Good to hear justice may prevail in Alaska after all. Begich deserves to win the election.

    It is beyond comprehension how anyone could vote for a convicted felon for US Senate.

    November 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Let's just hope this trend continues - beyond me how anybody could have voted for Stevens after the conviction, but then.....they voted for Palin, too.

    November 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Joe Regis

    It will come our way to 58. People were mislead into believing that Stevens has not been convicted of anything.

    Minnesota and Georgia should put us at 60 for now, before we strive to reach 65 to 70 subsequently.

    It will and has to happen to usher in a significant change.

    November 13, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Jim in Raleigh

    Obviously many republicans voted for him on the hope he would win the seat and resign – giving Palin the chance to appoint a crony who would keep the seat in republican hands. At least that makes more sense than actually wanting a convicted felon in the Senate – and I hope that was the reason.

    November 13, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Roth-Cincinnati

    Come on, baby! My mom and sister (Alaskan Democrats) could use some good news about their state for once!

    Living 20 minutes from Wasilla is punishment enough! Let them have this ONE THING!!!!

    November 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. Arlo

    And we thought the networks were calling races responsibly again? Nearly a third of all ballots were yet to be counted.

    November 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. John

    justice

    November 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. James in Utah

    It's amazing that such an intelligent set of people would even vote for a convicted felon. The FACT, that Stevens was convicted while in office for that felon, should tell the average or any person in the state that he is not fit for that office. It's a trust issue. I don't by pawning the blame on his wife either. He is the head of his house and just as a Commander is responsible for the people under his command so is Stevens responsible for the people under his roof. It's time for accountability.

    November 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Terri, Atlanta

    YES ! :)

    November 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    The Anchorage area should go for Begich by more than 2-1, and the democrats were encouraging early voting... If Begich is ahead and most of the votes left are early votes from the Anchorage area... This thing is over.

    Go ahead and call it.
    The convicted felon lost.

    Thank God.

    November 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Matt

    People, the presidential election is over, you can let go of the frightening Palin anger!! Honestly, it's going to be ok, you can move on and place the blame of your failures in life towards other things Deb and Glenn.

    The Republican Party actually did a great job of campaigning for this seat, showing adds that said a vote for Stevens is a vote for saving the seat for the party. The thought was that Stevens wouldn't be allowed to keep the post anyway but another Republican would replace him. It was smart campaigning that may just work.

    November 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Good!

    November 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. barbara

    Has anyone else noticed that Sarah Palin has mentioned several times that she will do what is best for Alaska and for the country but only once has mentioned her children factoring into whether or not she runs in 2012. When Matt Lauer asked Piper if she had missed a lot of school, she responded "yes" and she followed up with another "yes" when he asked her if catching up with the work was proving to be difficult. How sad that her mother chose to keep her on the trail to trot her out onto stage rather than allow her to go to school.

    November 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. J J

    What ever happened with the representative that stashed money in the freezer? Rangel? There are crooks on both sides, it is pretty hypocritical to think that only the evil republicians are corrupt. All polticians are corrupt.

    November 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. Sue Ellen Stamp

    I'm thrilled with the news! GO BEGICH! Now that should keep Palin outof the Senate! SES

    November 13, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. jb

    We need this guy to win, bc if Stevens wins and is removed from the Senate, than Palin will appoint herself.

    November 13, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Vicki5

    I hope Begich wins!! I hope ALL the republican fraud is revealed.

    November 13, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. James in Utah

    It's amazing that such an intelligent set of people would even vote for a convicted felon. The FACT, that Stevens was convicted while in office for that felony, should tell the average or any person in the state that he is not fit for that office. It's a trust issue. I don't buy pawning the blame on his wife either. He is the head of his house and just as a Commander is responsible for the people under his command so is Stevens responsible for the people under his roof. It's time for accountability.

    November 13, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Otis

    Truthfully, the Constitution should be changed where any sitting Congressman or Senator is convicted of a crime, regardless of appeals, that Congressman or Senator should be promptly removed. You lose all your credibility as a lawmaker if you violate laws which you may or may not have written.

    This is just an utter disgrace.

    November 13, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. JM

    What a double standard. Where are all you calling on Representative Jefferson from LA to resign or Barney Frank or Charlie Rangel to resign. Show a little honesty for once in you lives. You people have no credability. You were the same people who defended Pres. Clinton when he lied under oath. That's ok, keep talking. The more you speak, the more you expose yourselves.

    November 13, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. CathyW

    Egon: these aren't new ballots. They are the absentee and early ballots that were cast before the election, and have to be hand counted. Provisional ballots are ballots that were cast on election day, when there was some problem with registration – they were registered in one district, but moved, so they weren't listed on the roles in the new location. So they were allowed to vote, but they have to be investigated before the vote is counted (to make sure they didn't vote in the old district AND in the new). The election was NEVER called for one person or the other – from election day on, Alaska has said it would take a few weeks to count these ballots. So, there is likely no monkey business going on.

    Same thing is happening in Missouri – the reason the results in the presidential election in MO haven't been called, is because there is only a 6000 vote difference (McCain is leading), and there are 7000 provisional ballots – each of which have to be investigated before it can or will be counted. Now, Obama would have to win something like 93% of the provisional ballots in order to take MO, so it's not terribly likely, even if most of the ballots DO come from Obama-supporting areas.

    November 13, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Dee

    Nice to see that the haters from the general election continue to have a place to spew...

    November 13, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  24. Cory

    I don't see how a republican can win in Alaska after Palin and Stevens corruption scandals...just wouldn't make sense!

    November 13, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. JM

    Jesse, get you head out of the sand. Palin was cleared of any wrong doing in the trooper firing investigation.

    November 13, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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