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

Begich claims victory over Stevens

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Dexter Skagway

    When confronted with a choice between the corrupt multiple felon conservative and the liberal, almost half the voters in Alaska preferred the felon? Well, that explains Palin's career.

    November 19, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  2. Richard Larson

    Maybe now the people of Alaska can expect that their public representatives will be a little more responsible in their representation of the state. The are still some bad apples, but they know who they are and if they exhibit even the vary basics of awareness, they will straighten up and do their job as they should. If not? Well, we can surely say that Ted Stevens was the first to be hoist on his own pitard, that scourge of all politicians, hubris and greed. Maybe even Sarah Palen will see the handwriting on the wall and leave office for a job she can handle.

    November 19, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  3. Real Dem Abroad

    What is wrong with the people of Alaska who actually went out and cast a vote for a CONVICTED FELON? Brains frozen? Cripes. Well done Mark, roll on 60.

    November 19, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  4. Eddie

    LOL a close race with your opponent as a convicted felon. Truly Scary Alaska. Yay for another seat : )

    November 19, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  5. Allan

    Gee. First God lets Obama win. Then God lets Stevens lose.

    It appears that God has spoken and he doesn't want to see Sarah Palin on the national stage.

    Thank you God.

    November 19, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  6. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    WOOO HOOOO!! And another one bites the dust! Best thing is now Palinstein can't appoint herself, so we are Palin free for at least 6 years...Just great

    Note to Stevens, just enjoy the view of Russia from your house too! BYE!!!
    Note to Palin, Don't count on being reelected as Governor. You have had your day there too!

    November 19, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  7. Glenn

    hey 3strikes. You're right that 60 doeasn't mean ALL Dems will vote together. Conversely, 40 doesn't mean ALL Repugs will vote together. You have Repug senators in Maine that don't have the political capital to differ too much with constituent wishes. You have Specter in Pennsylvania. So yeah 60 isn't everything but you better believe not all Repug Senators will vote the party line. Hell, with only 58 you'll still see at least Repug defectors. Sorry 3strikes but your point is now moot. Go sit somewhere.

    November 19, 2008 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  8. Cynthia

    Such hipocrisy! I can't wait until they finally nail that piece of garbage Rep. William Jefferson. He should have been gone long ago. But I guess since he is a DEM connected with wrongdoing it is ok.

    November 19, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
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