November 13th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
10 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. Mike Dallas

    This does help to restore my confidence in the integrity of the Alaskan electorate. I cannot believe that a convicted felon was to be elected only to be booted out of the Senate by other Senators. I should think that is not the legacy Stevens would want.

    Maybe the grown ups are taking control of the sanitorium.

    November 13, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Real Change

    Okay,...but what I want to know is why it takes Alaska a month to count the votes. The states basically the size of Memphis, Tennessee. COUNT THE FREAKIN VOTES ALREADY!

    Alaska is beginning to rival Florida and Louisiana for the zaniest politics in the country.

    November 13, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Christine CT

    The presidential race is over, but the Palin PR machine is out in full force. It would be nice if Palin would just go back to work quietly and the press not continue to validate her misperception that she is a viable leader in any instance.

    November 13, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. carment

    egon: They're not new ballots – they're the absentee and provisional ballots.

    November 13, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. David Newport, OR

    If this holds...then I will officially take back the things I said about Alaskans. Still, the fact that this election is this close gives me reservations, but everyone can be redeemed.

    November 13, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    To: CR in WI;

    Amen. From your keyboard to the Lord's Ears.

    November 13, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Ursula

    I think people in Alaska must live in La La Land. They obviously don't have much common sense about them. To cast a vote for Stevens or Palin is just plain stupid. I hope this other guy beats Stevens. I would hate to think Palin could appoint herself and we would have to see her on our televisions again. I really find her annoying. She doesn't stick to task, her conversations stray too much and the things she said about Obama are unforgivable. I think she needs a good dose of Karma.

    November 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Nick

    JM, I've been calling on Jefferson to resign for years, but neither him, nor Barney Frank and Charles Rangel (who also should give it up to be honest) have not be CONVICTED of seven felonies....whereas Stevens has.

    There's no a in credibility btw.

    November 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. ML

    JM – she was found guilty of abuse of power and to have certainly stretch the ethics around her brother in laws firing.

    November 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Joyus

    Yes.... Yes... Yes... I pray that he wins and this way Sarah can stay in Alaska as the Corrupt Govenor who will not be investigated because she's ?????????????

    November 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Reality Check richmond virginia

    I guess we won't have any CONVICTED felons in the senate after all.

    November 13, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Redneck from Kentucky

    Great! It was looking like that crook Stevens was going to get to keep his seat in the Senate until they threw him out and open the door for Palin to claim it for herself. I'm sick of both of them!

    November 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Turnabout is fair play

    JM November 13th, 2008 10:36 am ET

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

    Actually, you should get YOUR head out of the manure pile, Palin was NOT cleared of any wrongdoing but you Repugnican maniacs ate up that lie when she told you she was clean, take a look here "my friend":

    November 13, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Doug R.

    Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) is a convicted felon and criminal. A jury of his peers found hm guilty on all seven charges. He should be arrested and hauled off to prison, where he belongs. You Stevens supporters can go visit him in federal prison, if you want to.

    November 13, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Matt from Kansas City, MO

    YAY! C'mon take the seat away from that nutjob!!! Win one more for the dems!!!!

    November 13, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Ken in NC

    Mayor Begich can't take the lead like that from Senator Stevens. If he takes and holds the lead then Gov. Palin and the "First Dude" will not be able to appoint themselves to the Senate.

    November 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    For some reason or another, I smell a Steven's victory...but then looking at the background of Alaska–who in the hell wants to be a '"frozen Senator" nine months out of the year?

    November 13, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. FAYE, NV

    I hope he wins!

    November 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Jordan From South Dakota

    I've met Sen. Stevens when i was in Alaska for a photography gig 3 or 4 years ago. He's a good man. He got caught up in some bad stuff but a good man nonetheless. He did a good job as the senator but needs to step down. If this keeps up i would like to see an early concession from Sen. Stevens. Sen. Stevens, keep the integrity you have left and go my friend. Its the Democrats time now.

    November 13, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. Matt Shine

    Hate to break your heart there JM, but the Alaska Legislative Coucil (comprised of 4 dems and 8 republicans) did find that Palin abused her power as governor. It was the State Personnel Board (which Palin appointed to their positions) that decided that she had not violated a specific eithc law.

    November 13, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. mary, colorado springs, co

    Let's hope the count for Mark Begich keeps rising, and he wins. We have enough crooked Alaskan Republicans in the system. Palin isn't exactly squeaky clean, either, and Stevens has the gall to run and think he can win. Voters are sick and tired of crooked politicians, and voting another one to office makes no sense. I don't think the Alaskans are stupid enough to vote Stevens back in.

    November 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. flatbush

    we need a constitutional ammendment barring any convicted felons fron running for or holding federal public office. if they are subsequently exhonorated (spelling?), then they may run in the next election for that office.

    November 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. hello

    Mr. Larry king,
    Ted Stevens is not Re-elected yet.
    Please be careful what you said in interview with Gov.Sarah palin

    November 13, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Tess

    I cannot believe that people of Alaska knowingly voted for a convicted felon. Hopefully, the number of common sense people who voted for Begich will put him over the top. Absolutely amazing....

    November 13, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Robert

    Have you ever noticed that when Congressmen and Senators get into trouble, such as corruption or saying things that would be considered unethical, they never get fired (impeached) or put into jail. I get this feeling that these people are "above the law." If anyone of us did this in the working world, we would have been fired, arrested, and put in jail for many years.

    November 13, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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