Road to 60: Begich Now Leads Stevens by
3 814 Votes
by Jonathan Singer, Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 07:32:26 PM EST
Ted Stevens (R): 131,382 votes (47.12 percent)
Mark Begich (D): 132,196 votes (47.41 percent)
As of 12:31 AM, 11/13/08
Considering Stevens was once up by about 3,000 votes, this trend doesn't look too bad for MyDD Road to 60 endorsee Begich. There still remain more ballots to be counted, so suffice it to say that this race could still go either way.
Update [2008-11-12 21:46:50 by Todd Beeton]:MSNBC reports that more than 10,000 ballots are still to be counted today and that the Alaska Division of Elections will count 35,000 more next week.
The state Division of Elections tallied about 60,000 absentee, early and questioned ballots on Wednesday. The ballots broke heavily in Begich's favor, erasing the 3,000-vote lead that Stevens had after election night last Tuesday.
The state still needs to count at least 15,000 questioned ballots and an estimated 20,000 mailed absentee ballots that made it to the Division of Elections after election day last Tuesday.
More good news for Begich: the remaining ballots from his base of Anchorage will not be counted until early next week.