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. chuck

    I can't believe the people of Alaska would vote for a convicted felon who may be spending some time behind bars. In a state where you can skip out on jury duty during the deliberations of a state Senator who is on trial for corruption and get away with it, anything I guess can happen. The electorate there is similiar to the electorate in Louisiana. How could they be so far apart and so blindly like-minded?

    November 13, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. ran

    This election should be a no brain-er. We and the people of Alaska deserve better then Steven or Palin. Their kind of politics needs to be over now.

    November 13, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Thomas

    This is why every vote counts.

    November 13, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. jules

    I just don't understand...you can't be a convicted felon to vote, how can you be a convicted felon and hold an elected office?

    November 13, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Proud to be American

    Go Begich! Alaska I begining to really worry about you folks...... what is the problem? It is the cold weather hun???

    November 13, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Voter

    And the GOP wanted to suppress votes, HA!

    November 13, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. John from SC

    Stevens does not deserve to win. Alaska, look at what he has already done to you, and he thinks he deserves to win and all the stuff he got.

    November 13, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Erik from Real PA

    Not to mention he's older than dirt. There's a reason why we take the car keys away from Grandpa eventually.

    November 13, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Independent Voter

    GREAT NEWS !!! COME ON MINNIE !!! COUNT ALL OF THOSE VOTES FOR AL.

    November 13, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Mary

    Quit bad mouthing the people of Alaska!!! You elected Obama for President even though he was not born in the United States!!!! Now who are the smart ones???? Obama has more skeltons in his closet than a halloween store!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. GARY

    (Matt shine) GET A --ING LIFE. YOUR NOTHING BUT A STINKEN --ING HATER. YOU YOUNG PUNKS CARE NOTHING ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY OR YOU WOULDN'T JUMP ON A BANDWAGON FOR HISTORY NOT EXPERIENCE.YOUR LITTLE SCHOOL BOY OBAMA HAS TO DELIVER ALL HIS BS. HE PROMISES. HE IS GOING TO NEED REP'S FOR REAL DECISIONS.

    November 13, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Mike in Columbus

    Great news!

    November 13, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. Triggidy

    What's the story with the Senate race in Minnesota? I know that last time it was really tight with Coleman a little bit ahead.

    November 13, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. LyonsPhilly

    Enough already.......Unbelievable that a felon can stil actually be in the running. Says a lot for good old Wasilla....

    November 13, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    Well, if Ted Stevens wins, I say............

    Marion Berry for Alaskan Gov!!

    November 13, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    If I Were To Committ Multiple Felonies I Would Be In Jail! Why Is He Not In Jail?!

    November 13, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. GA for Obama

    Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia- 538 reports that the rest of the dsitricts are Begich-friendly districts..he's an overwhelming favorite to win the Alaska Senate Race

    May God Be With him

    November 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Tom in Delaware

    For all you kiddies that cry foul about 'a convicted felon', there's still an appeal coming, besides which, it was you same people that lathered over Bill Clinton after he perjured himself in front of a Grand Jury after wagging his finger at the American people when he said, "I did not have sex with that woman."

    That's why you're laughable hypocrites.

    November 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. flatbush

    did anyone else have trouble understanding GARY's post?

    November 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Candy West Virginia

    Let this election season be a lesson for all rethuglicans (not republicans who are decent people) that America is tired of the crooked, lying, cheating, smear tactics and divisiveness and hate your party is becoming known for. This movement is gaining ground and you had better get aboard.

    November 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Chuck

    Yes!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Sue T

    Boy Gary you sound like a bad loser........

    November 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. Jeff Brown

    SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Chuck

    Gary, I guess you weren't happy with the outcome of the Election. Poor thing. Maybe your party should have been less racist, hateful, divisive, and chose a running mate with an IQ higher than the temperature in Alaska.

    November 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Chuck

    Maybe after this we won't have to hear from Palin for a long, long, long, long, long, time.

    November 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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