November 18th, 2008
10:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Begich claims victory over Stevens

Democrat Mark Begich (left) has claimed victory over Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska.
Democrat Mark Begich (left) has claimed victory over Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska.

(CNN) - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, the Republican lawmaker convicted on felony corruption charges in October, appears to have lost his bid for re-election to Democrat Mark Begich, according to a release from Begich's campaign and unofficial results from state officials.

The statement and results Tuesday come two weeks after the election, after absentee ballots were counted.

With 100 percent of Alaska's precincts reporting, Begich, the mayor of Anchorage, had roughly 47.7 percent of the vote, compared with about 46.6 percent for Stevens, according to unofficial results posted on the Alaska Secretary of State's Web site.

He appears to have bested Stevens by 3,724 votes, according to the posted results.

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  1. Anonymous

    Thank god! This whole idea is retarded! Stevens can't VOTE but he can be a SENATOR?!!?

    FINALLY.

    November 18, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    I guess they couldn't steal this one.

    November 18, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  3. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Woops, guess that pretty much puts the nail in Failin Palin's ambition of becoming a senator so that she can set herself up to run in 2012 easily doesn't it. :-)

    November 18, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  4. Peter (CA)

    Good news. We get another D in the Senate, we remove a felon from the Senate, and we avoid putting a right wing whack job in the Senate (yeah, Sarah, I mean you).

    November 18, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  5. Kathy in Minnesota

    Yahoo!!!

    That mesns Sarah Palin won't be running for that Senate seat. The means she has to remain Alaska's Governor for the next 2 years..

    November 18, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  6. don

    Good. Now Stevens can get on with the important business of picking out curtains for his prison cell.

    November 18, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. Ghost

    Only 2 more to go.

    November 18, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  8. La Chatte

    Now, if someone could just nail Miss Wasilla '82 for something...

    Oh wait a sec! I forgot! You can't vote if you're a felon, but you can be in the Senate, so even that wouldn't necessarily get rid of her.

    November 18, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  9. mike

    58 and counting...

    November 18, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  10. Dawn

    ENOUGH OF THE SAME OLE SAME.
    Welcome down to the lower 48 and stay awhile but do right. Yo' 'ear?

    November 18, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  11. tatertaught

    Good deal! That takes care of at least 3 little items. Not having to waste time in the Senate on Stevens; the Dems get another seat; and Ms. Wasilla can stay where she is. Sounds good to me.

    November 18, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  12. oscar

    are we nearing the "magical 60?!"

    November 18, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. james in s.c.

    way to go alaska!!!!!!! that makes 58 and 2 more to go!!!!

    November 18, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  14. andrea from MA

    i am happy now that sara palin will not be able to appoint herself senator !!!!!!!!!!! palin is scarey !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 18, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  15. Ken in NC

    @ PETER (CA )

    Peter you should not refer to Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as a "Whack Job". You should know that "AIRHEADS" have not yet reached the level of "WHACK JOBS".

    November 18, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  16. Lyn in Indiana

    Uh oh Sara Palin, now what? No "shout outs" from Congressional floor for you1

    November 18, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  17. Ken in NC

    From Senator to JAIL BIRD and atill serving the government.

    November 18, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  18. It's a new day!

    Yeah! Good riddins to bad rubbish, and take your pal Palin with ya!

    November 18, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  19. Amber

    And then there were 2.

    November 18, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  20. It's a new day!

    Yey! Good riddins to bad rubbish, and take your pal Palin with ya! Go dems!

    November 18, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  21. GA resident

    I can't believe that Ted Stevens came this close.

    This gives Democrat 58 seats in the senate. I think they will stop there. Georgia is too hard for democrats period and Coleman holds a slight advantage in Minnesota.

    November 18, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  22. CanIcallyouJoe

    I am a bit confused. A convicted felon is not in prison.

    ...how is this?

    How has a convicted felon been allowed to remain in pubic office or anywhere where they could have influence over anything for so long!?

    November 18, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  23. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Poor Ted. And on his birthday too.

    He ends his legacy as a convicted felon.

    How sad.

    November 18, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  24. Bill Chicago

    How scary is it too just barely sneak in a win when you are running against a convicted felon.

    November 18, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  25. I HELPED TURN INDIANA BLUE from Chicago

    There's clearly something in the air or water up their in Alaska. It shouldn't have even been close... HE'S A SEVEN-TIME CONVICTED FELON!

    But President Obama seems to be getting closer and closer to his MAgic 60... with two races still yet to be called.

    November 18, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
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