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. Observer

    FiveThirtyEight.com now says Begich is "overwhelmingly favored" to win, since most of the remaining ballots come from the Anchorage area. My fingers are crossed! Go Begich!!!!

    November 13, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. chuck

    Ted Stevens should Jump off the tallest cliff in Alaska.If he is doing this at this age could you imagine what he was doing at a younger age. Could you imagine Stevens,Cheney,and Bush meeting up for a DISCUSSION. These three crooks could bring down the entire world.

    November 13, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Sarah Who?

    I'm surprised at how many idiots blog on here. People are still saying that Obama wasn't born in the US? Excuse me...that was McCain. Dumb, dumb Repubs...GO AWAY!!

    November 13, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Sylvia

    CNN, you have become so irrelevant since your management decided to go via the FOX Lite route - Racist Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck, Tragedy exploiter Nancy Grace, Sexist only story Campbell Brown and Horribly unfunny D.L. Hugley. Even Anderson Cooper is no longer a good show to watch. Where are the stories about what is going on in the world? You are so obsessed with Palin and keep asking, will President-elect Obama make the right decisions? Before it was Candy Crowley, Brown, Bolger and Cooper asking, Do we really know Barack Obama?

    November 13, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Milhouse van Houten

    I think that door that Sarah was going to plow through just slammed shut in her face.

    November 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Angie-OHIO

    hey GARY November 13th, 2008 11:17 am ET
    u r an angry little person, aren't. stop hating. PRESIDENT OBAMA IS MORE MAN THAN U WILL EVER BE.

    November 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Justin from New Haven, CT

    No way, no how, no felon senator.

    November 13, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. a Rose from Iowa

    Truly AMAZING!!!

    November 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Alaskan Fame Junkie

    I almost feel bad for him...I'd be a little insulted if I didn't win by a landslide over a convicted felon.

    November 13, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Debby

    Good Stevens should be ousted anyway.

    November 13, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. USAF Staff Sergeant

    Um... they are still counting the early votes? Maybe... just maybe... it would be good to count the early votes... EARLY. And the other votes as they come in.... it sounds like the early and absentee ballots came in and were set aside in a shoe box until now.

    November 13, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Kira

    This is still the initial vote count? CNN, why didn't your article discuss the obvious question–why is Alaska taking so long to finish their initial vote count? What's causing the holdup?

    November 13, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Noah

    Of course he did. Anytime there is either a recount or the process continues far longer than it is supposed to it always favors Democrats because they magically find votes that were not there before. Anytime an election is stolen it is almost exclusively stolen by the Dems

    November 13, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Jacob

    Gary this is no country for bitter old men. this election is proving that across the country.

    November 13, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. GGG

    GO MARK! THE COUNTRY IS BEHIND YOU!

    SEND STEVENS TO JAIL and IMPEACH or RECALL PALIN:

    Housegate, travelgate, stupidgate.....Palin for Prisoner of the year in 2009!!!

    November 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Dal CA

    Mary November 13th, 2008 11:17 am ET
    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!!!

    Mary, Hawaii is one of the 50 states while PANAMA is not. Like Palin you don't know your own country's states. It is wise to understand that first. Recognize your ignorance before being such a bad mouth.

    November 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. A Seasoned Voice

    Gary, what the "heck" are you trying to say? Your cursing rants make no sense whatsovever. Instead of telling another commentor to 'get a life" you need to get a spell checker and some grammar lessons.

    November 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Mama

    Stevens promised them two igloos in every yard if they vote for him.

    November 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. wwf

    JM
    Bush has not lied? At least Clinton's lie did not cost us billions of dollars and thousands of lives.

    November 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Pier Giacalone

    Stevens' defeat would be an great first step in redeeming a state that has much to answer for in keeping Mr. $250,000-what's-the-internet? in business for so long. Not to mention electing a governor who needs speech therapy at age 44.

    Should be interesting to see how the frozen state deals with a budget deficit too. Must've been nice living like Exxon while the rest of the nation struggles to heat their homes and fill their tanks.

    I always thought the "welfare state" was a metaphor until I learned about Alaska.

    November 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. mel from ohio

    In-ter-es-ting!! I love it!!! Hope the old felon can go home now and we don't have to hear about "what if" re: Sarah Palin anymore.

    November 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Best of luck to you Mayor. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you. I am sure its been a tough race but you deserve to win.

    November 13, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Karen

    Begich will win. Nate Silver said so, and Nate Silver is THE MAN!

    November 13, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Debi

    The fact that the race is even close does not speak too highly of Alaskans.
    What other state in the union (and yes AIP it is a union whether you like it or not) would elect a convicted felon?

    November 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. Terry, Dallas Texas

    So much hate coming from the right. Can you keep it up for 4 years minimum?

    November 13, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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