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. creighton

    Hard to believe so many Alaskans completely disregarded the Steven's 7 felony convictions. He's been told by his own party he will be expelled from the Senate. Guess that's what you get when cousins marry. Not to many branches in the family trees up dere, ey.

    November 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. joseph

    Its great news to hear that the dems have placed watchdogs in these polling places. I can just imagine what would have happened to votes for Begich and for that matter the ones for Franken if not for these watchful eyes.

    November 13, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Phoenix

    First of all, I have tried to give Palin the benefit of the doubt by watching her interview, and I must say that she is the most incoherent person I have ever seen. Her answers do not even match most of the questions asked of her. How is she capable? Now, I'm not one of those people who scream, she needs more experience because I believe that with the right guidance, people can become capable. Palin shows no sign of even being sane. Stevens, well, I smell Democratic win.

    November 13, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Maureen

    (GARY) Wow. Caps Lock got stuck? Is the truth that hard to take, even after the election is over and everyone in both parties is saying that it's time to move on and unify for the good of the country? Matt Shine is not the hater here. You are. Stop yelling and going all pink in the face and calm yourself. Chamomile tea, maybe.

    November 13, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. VETS4Obama

    Hey Gary quit your pouting and hate spewing! It is that hatred that has cost your party the election! If you truly cared for the country you should have demanded that your party stood up to Bush instead of rubber stamping his every illegal move! Welcome back to minority status! It was well earned and deserved and with people like you still spewing hate and division it sounds like your party will be in the minority for a LONG time!

    November 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Tex Ann ~~~~~~~

    Just HOW LONG does it take to count the ballots in Alaska???? The election was 9 days ago and they're still counting ballots??? Yes, I know most of these must be hand counted, but for crying out loud, how long are they going to take?

    I do hope Begich wins, then we won't have to contend with any questional actions of Stevens "stepping down" and a certain governor appointing herself Senator to serve his term and keep her name in the news.

    November 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Denise Groves

    The GOP do not care for anybody except for rich white people. No others need apply. They are racially insensitive

    November 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Janey /proud American/michigan

    I can't believe there are so many bitter, mean left-wing libs still hating on this blog! READ MY LIPS__YOUR CANDIDATE WON!–let other people blog and respect their opinions! The stats by CNN are way different than other polls for Palin and her positives are going nowhere but up! Why don't you just enjoy your candidate's "historic" win? Palin had a fantastic hour interview with one of the best–Larry King and did very well. Give it a rest –she will be around for A LONG TIME.

    November 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Hope Begich Wins

    Good luck Begich, beat the felon.

    Begich 08

    November 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. CathyW

    RE: Minnesota (where I live) is recounting the ballots. The last I heard, the difference between the two candidates was no more than about 205 votes (in Coleman's favor), and the state law says that if the race is less than 1/2 of a percent, then there is an automatic recount, unless one person waives their right (which Franken wont do). I voted for the independent, Dean Barkley, and wish that we'd now have a runoff election, so I'd have the opportunity to vote for my 2nd choice candidate.

    I'm glad they are recounting – with an election so close -only 200 ballots out of millions cast, I think making sure that we got it right, is the right thing to do.

    November 13, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Jackie in Dallas

    How come a state with the lowest population in the 50 states is taking this long to count votes? Especially when one of the candidates is a convicted felon? I just don't get this at all. Even if elected, he faces a lengthy appeal process, with a high probability that the conviction will stand which will prevent him from taking his seat. Duh.

    November 13, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. sarah here


    Please stop yelling and swearing in all caps.

    And for the record, no one voted for Obama to make history. They voted for him because he promised change and an end to the failed policies of the Republican administrations that John McCain has been part of forever. If we could have trusted Republicans to make "real decisions" we might not have had Sarah Palin as his running mate or one of the worst, most aimless and strategy-free campaigns in history.

    November 13, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. sabuc in Atlanta

    Come on Alaska! Why can't you get with the rest of the country and count all votes on election day?!? I hope Stevens looses so he can go to jail and Palin doesn't take over his seat. Go Begich!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Here is what happens if Stevens wins.
    Palin resigns as a Governor. Stevens keeps the seat warm until that point, then he resigns.
    Palin's Lieutenant-Governor, who authomaticaly became Governor, appoints Palin to the Senate seat.
    No, I am not paranoid and it is not against the law. Immoral but not illegal, just like everything else about this little group.

    November 13, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. Bush Turned Me Into a Democrat

    Wow, what a surprise. When you ACTUALLY COUNT THE VOTES, the democrats usually come out on top.

    Hope this holds up so that we don't have yet another republican felon on the Hill.

    Last I heard, Franken was closing the gap to only a couple of hundred votes in Minnesota. Once again, a case of actually counting the votes.

    For you true American patriots in GA, crank it up and keep Chambliss out so we can heal the damage of 8 years of GOP totalitarianism.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Grace

    I think Palin would appoint her husband Todd to the senate. On the Wolf Blitzer interview she mentioned ..."she is not thinking of appointing one of her family" which is politician speak for 'she is thinking about it'

    I am sure she would find a way to justify it.

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. I see New Jersey from my backyard . . .

    Maybe the U.S.can sell off Alaska to the Chinese to help us pay off our debt.

    Then they can worry about Palin & Stevens . . .

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Moody

    Yeah Baby! theres # 58! One more in MN and one in GA ans we got a filabuster proof 60! Things might actually get done!

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. mitch

    ted stevens is the best that the GOP can offer america? ANOTHER corrupt politician. their hypocrisy has gone too far. i suspect he'll lose and dems will gain another seat in the senate with an honorable politician like begich.

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. Chris

    If Stevens gets back in, Sarah Palin may just squirm into the Senate. God forbid such an event from happening.

    November 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Brian from MN

    7 felony counts = okay to be a US Senator
    1 felony count = no rights to vote

    What's wrong with this picture???

    The people of Alaska should be ashamed of themselves for even having a race this close.

    November 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. Justin

    I thought early voting was supposed to help protect your vote... why are so many early votes only being counted now?

    November 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. Credit Card Republicans

    Poor Joe the plumber got caught under the bus,I guess Stevens is next.

    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. N. S. Huntsville, Al


    November 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Sissy


    November 13, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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