November 13th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
13 years ago

Begich takes lead in Alaska Senate race

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. DB25

    I hope this lead holds, but knowing Sarah Palin – her gunpowder-stained fingerprints are trying hard to get into this one so she can take over Ted's Senate seat and run for president in 2012....

    November 13, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Anita from Arizona

    Stevens was found GUILTY, not sentenced yet and Palin was found GUILTY, no punishment. Being found guilty is not cleared of all charges. WINK WINK, Gary & JM. You betcha!!

    You two are GUILTY of not Googling the facts. GUILTY.

    November 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Tim

    GO Begich GO

    Help keep Palin in Alaska!

    November 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Tim

    I think the people are speaking. If a convicted felon cand vote, then a convicted felon should not hold be allowed to hold a public office.

    November 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. brian

    Good luck Mark! For the rest – get over it. The Repugs need to accept that Obama rightfuly won the election and move on. As Saint Sarah claims that things are in Gods hands, then why can't you think that God may have wanted Obama to win? And lets lay off the good people of Alaska already. Remember that 46% of the country voted for McCain – the're not idiots, they were just wrong. The idiots are those that can't let the B.S. go, like not born in America, a socialist , a terrorist and on and on.

    November 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Sue in MI

    I think a door just slammed shut for Sarah the Fraud. Thank you, God!!!

    November 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    CNN, please release my comment from "awaiting moderation."

    Sarah Palin is the Tammy Faye Bakker of politics: A mindless, shallow moron continually spouting off nonsense to get media attention for herself. Stevens is a crook. 'Nuff said-go Begich!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. chris

    Good-I happy for him. Don't need any more crooks for alaska

    November 13, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Obi-Wan

    Looks like God is closing that door for Sarah "The Socialist" Palin

    November 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Marc

    GARY: Why so much hate towards someone that you never met and who only showed that a previous statement made by someone else (and not you) was untrue? Who's the hater?
    Get a life...

    November 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Denver Dem

    Good for you Begich, I was shocked the day after the election when I heard that putz Stevens could be re-elected. This will make it 58 Senate seats. Come on Franken and Martin, we need you both and we got 60. Then it is time to bring the pain on racist, horse pucky policies brought by the repubs over the last 12 years.

    November 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Mark

    What does it say about a state that would want a convicted felon as their Senator? Oh I forgot Alaska elected a bimbo for their Governor. For all blind Republicans who said GWBush was 'smart' – let's not make the same mistake – her gaffes speak volumes about her ability to negotiate, to manipulate ideas, to abstract thought, etc, etc, etc... Blind Republicans are what doomed the party in this last election... They sucked McCain into their vacuous space. The party needs to stop giving those numbskulls air time...they have enough air between their ears – they don't need any more. This election has shown us this country really want intelligent, thoughtful people in government.

    November 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. wakeupamerica

    Go Begich! Yes we can. What wonderful news. I know more votes need counting, but I hope Begich wins hands down. Ted Stevens epitomizes what is wrong with American politics and, if he were to win, he shouldn't be able to stay if office. Mainly to avoid more corruption should Palin appoint herself as Senator after kicking Stevens out. Her so called "press conference" at the RGA this morning was yet another Failin Palin joke.

    November 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Tim

    Hey Mary:

    "You elected Obama for President even though he was not born in the United States!!!! Now who are the smart ones????"

    The smart ones are the people who VOTED FOR OBAMA (yes, an American born president, unless you think Hawaii isn't 1 of the 50 states). Obama will lead the American people – as opposed to republicans who only lead the rich – to a better life than we've had for the last 8 years.

    November 13, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Luke Brown, Charleston SC

    Who are these people who are voting in Alaska? The same crowd that elected Palin two years ago, is now voting voting to send a convicted felon to Washington.

    By the way, how is it that Ted Stevens, a convicted felon, was able to vote, when millions of other convicted felons weren't?

    November 13, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. M. WINNERS

    Gotta tell ya – If Alaskans do elect a felon to the Senate then they will have be put in the same league as the TX, WVA and LA low information voters, you betcha....

    November 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Pam

    Good! Looks like that's one door God won't be showing Palin so she can plow through it.

    November 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. Clair

    What's wrong with people in Alaska? That guy shouldn't have received a single vote. I guess that explains a lot Palin's popularity. They have really low standards for politicians.

    November 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Erik

    Excellent! It was amazing that Alaskans, much less anyone, could elect a convicted felon, who couldn't even vote for himself!

    November 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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