Begich Lead Over Stevens Grows to 2,374

Begich, Mark     146286     47.56%

Stevens, Ted     143912     46.79%


I don't have the exact total of the previous vote at hand but it appears to be roughly 14,000 to 15,000 more votes than previously tabulated.

Importantly, Begich's lead is now at .77 percent, more than the .50 percent necessary to trigger an automatic recount.

Tags: 2008 elections, Alaska, Begich, Stevens, US Senate (all tags)



Re: Begich Lead Over Stevens Grows to 2,374

Sweet. Hopefully we can soon put this one to bed and focus on MN and GA.

by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-11-18 12:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Begich Lead Over Stevens Grows to 2,374


Hello, Senator Mark Begich!

by baghdadjoe 2008-11-18 12:22PM | 0 recs
That should stick in Sarah's craw

Bush-style Republicans always love allying themselves with scumbags: when they're not useful anymore, they can knock 'em down and look good doing it.

Papa Bush did it with Saddam Hussein and Manuel Noriega; the tradition carries on even today with Sarah Palin and Ted Stevens.

Of course, if Uncle Ted loses, she won't have him to kick around.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-18 12:28PM | 0 recs
Re: That should stick in Sarah's craw

Don't put it past Palin to take credit for Stevens' loss.

by wblynch 2008-11-18 12:53PM | 0 recs

But it's hard for her to take credit for something the voters decided.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-18 12:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Begich Lead Over Stevens Grows to 2,374

The only time Alaska does automatic recounts is if it's an exact tie.  If the margin is under 0.5%, Stevens can request one.  If the margin is greater, Stevens has to pay out of pocket.

It's over.  All that's left are several thousand absentees from Anchorage which should net Begich another couple hundred votes.

We've picked up 7 Senate seats so far.

by Skaje 2008-11-18 02:00PM | 0 recs


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