November 18th, 2008
10:00 PM ET
10 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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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Larry, Hazleton, pa

    This whole thing seemed a little bizzare to me – just consider that Stevens could have been elected but could not vote – if thats not just a little nutz I do not what else might be.

    November 18, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  2. Buh-Bye

    Well Teddy boy, maybe they will give you a top-floor prison cell, poshly renovated courtesy of leftover funds from Caribou Barbie's $150K wardrobe kitty. Enjoy the view of Russia and that bridge to nowhere from the Alaska State Penitentiary.

    November 18, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  3. Woman from NY

    Oops! No Sarah, at least not for another 6 years! You know what ever is done in the darkness is always brought to the light. He's an old man but he still has to give an accounting of all of his shady ways.

    November 19, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  4. Marilyn Munroe

    Happy Birthday Mr. Sennnnnatoorrr

    November 19, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  5. Jon

    does this mean sarah palin palls around with felons?

    November 19, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  6. tom

    another evil republican out--when we eliminate all the republicans and the people that think like them and vote for them,then this nation will be at peace and move forward into prosperity.

    November 19, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  7. Adam V

    What's sad is that Stevens lost by only about 1 percentage point, even though he's a convicted felon.

    What's wrong with Alaska? Is there something in their water?

    November 19, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  8. 3strikes

    even with 60 democraps filibuster proof congress, theres still goin to be some democraps that wont agree with each other and vote with the repubs, SO WHATCHA SAY TO THAT!!! suck on that a one time. plus a democratic congress doesnt last long, history will repeat itself like in the clinton yrs

    November 19, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  9. Peter (CA)

    @Ken in NC

    My apologies! Thank you for pointing out the error of my ways.

    November 19, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  10. ls

    Let's say good bye to Sarah for at least the next two years...
    It makes me feel sooo good.

    November 19, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Now that the Dem's have laid the smack down on the Republicans
    the country will be alright.

    November 19, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  12. Dylan, Los Angeles

    Stevens still gets a fat pension while he sits in prison. Good for Alaska to finally see the light and not re-elect a corrupt goon that got caught taking bribes from Big Oil.

    November 19, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  13. Joe Green

    Glad that's over.

    Can you imagine Senator Palin? Ouch!

    November 19, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  14. Pat in IL

    What's wrong in Alaska, that a felon could almost win the election for senator and an uneducated bully is voted in as governor?

    November 19, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  15. Raj, Canada

    Adam V: Alaska is part of the "pro" or "real" America. Even with W has done to the USA, no less than 46 million voted for McCain-Palin

    November 19, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  16. Tana from Alaska

    Seems that a high number of Alaskans would rather vote for a felon than a democrat....or perhaps they voted so a republican could replace Stevens once he was sentenced? my guess is that Mark Begich is replaced by a republican in 4 years.....

    November 19, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  17. Bill,ca

    Re-count in Minnesota on wednesday?

    Solong Sarah Palin.

    November 19, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  18. Steve

    You folks can say "airhead" or "whack job", but I prefer my friend's word for Sarah Palin: "viper".

    In any case, nice to see that the non-felon won in Alaska.

    November 19, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  19. JP

    That's one door Palin will not be ploughing through...Thank God!!!

    November 19, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  20. Mernoush

    Thanks God that sarah Palin can't run for this senate seat. Hope Al Franken can win Minnesota as well.

    November 19, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  21. McAllener

    I'm proud to be from the Rio Grande Valley. Out of the whole nation our area had the fortitude to stand up to Cheney. However, I know the DA will get torn apart for silly things he has done in the past. I can only hope this is the beginning of more to come.

    November 19, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  22. Joe M

    This scumbag needs an 8 by 10 foot jail cell right next to BUSH CHENEY, Rice and GONZALES..He is rotten to the core...The Republicans own him just like Cunningham and all the rest

    November 19, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  23. Mike

    At least he didn't murder a car.........on a bridge........oh, I forgot Democrats can get away with murder........

    November 19, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  24. Joe M

    Sorry Sarah...don't give up your pole dancing job just yet...6 more years and by then you will probably be with Ted in a jail cell..

    November 19, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  25. Beverly in NC

    Wonderful to hear that justice prevails again in Alaska – two corrupt politicians are now convicted and are both losers – Stevens and Palin.

    November 19, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
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