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AK-Senate: Begich Widens Lead
Washington Post ^ | November 18, 2008; 6:20 PM ET | Chris Cilliza

Posted on 11/18/2008 4:30:44 PM PST by lewisglad

AK-Senate: Begich Widens Lead Democrat Mark Begich has nearly doubled his lead over Republican Sen. Ted Stevens with just 8,000 votes remaining to be counted in the Alaska Senate race, according to tabulations provided by the state's Division of Elections.

With 16,000 of the 24,000 remaining ballots counted, according to the Anchorage Daily News, Begich now has 146,286 votes (47.56 percent) while Stevens has 143,912 votes (46.79 percent).

Under Alaska law, a recount would be mandated only if the final margin is less than .5 percent ; Begich's lead is currently .77 percent. (Hat tip: Fellow numbers geek and Post congressional reporter Paul Kane). If the margin remains over .5 percent, Stevens could still ask for a recount but would have to pay for the costly procedure from his own campaign cash.

Begich trailed Stevens by nearly 3,200 votes on election night but roughly 90,000 votes -- a combination of absentee, early and questioned ballots -- remained uncounted and, as the counting began last week, Begich quickly closed the gap and jumped into the lead.

Should Begich win, it would bring Democratic gains to seven seats in the 2008 election, putting them at 58 seats with two races -- in Minnesota and Georgia -- still up for grabs.

(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: ak2008; begich; corruption; electioncongress; electionussenate; tedstevens

1 posted on 11/18/2008 4:30:44 PM PST by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad
with just 8,000 votes remaining

Notice that they never know how many votes are still out until the Democrat takes the lead?

2 posted on 11/18/2008 4:32:01 PM PST by B Knotts (ConservatismCentral.com)
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To: B Knotts

On to Minnesota, this one is just about over.


3 posted on 11/18/2008 4:33:28 PM PST by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

Pretty soon the Republican in the race for any public office will have to win by 100,000 votes or the Democrat automatically wins...


4 posted on 11/18/2008 4:38:32 PM PST by Snardius
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To: lewisglad

geez, why can’t we steal just one?


5 posted on 11/18/2008 4:38:34 PM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: lewisglad; Kathy in Alaska

Heads up... Sarah is gonna have to wait!


6 posted on 11/18/2008 4:39:23 PM PST by philly-d-kidder (The Phillies Parade was awesome!! Did I tell you Phillies are world champions!)
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To: lewisglad

Thanks Uncle Ted for this last act of damage to the GOP. Had he resigned, we might have had a chance to run someone less corrupt.


7 posted on 11/18/2008 4:39:38 PM PST by Lou Budvis (0bama, Spread your own ------n wealth)
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To: gussiefinknottle

Minnesota is going to be a real battle. Everything the Rats tried in 2000 I’m guessing they will try and do again!


8 posted on 11/18/2008 4:41:17 PM PST by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

The dictatorship looms.


9 posted on 11/18/2008 4:42:17 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Snardius
"Pretty soon the Republican in the race for any public office will have to win by 100,000 votes or the Democrat automatically wins..."

With the ACORN machine firmly entrenched, liberal judges ruling in favor of counting disqualified ballots, liberal state officials [Sec State, Att. Gen., Gov] paving the way for ACORN and other vote fraud...plus other stuff...

Republicans or Conservatives will rethink: Why invest the time and money? The fix is in even before they start to declare and campaign.

There are no plans to fix the voting system. Don't believe me? They didn't after 2000, 2004, 2006 and now 2008...

10 posted on 11/18/2008 4:47:28 PM PST by KriegerGeist ("Cry 'Havoc' and let slip the dogs of War on Socialism")
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To: Cacique

“The dictatorship looms.”

That’s no joke. We are on the brink of a Marxist, totalitarian “presidency”, so keep your powder dry.


11 posted on 11/18/2008 4:49:18 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: lewisglad

Stevens is toast.


12 posted on 11/18/2008 4:50:38 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: lewisglad

Well, with people like McCain, SNow, Collins, and Graham in the Senate, the Dems really don;t need those extra seats.


13 posted on 11/18/2008 4:53:26 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: lewisglad

Once again voters find a reason to vote for what they don’t want.


14 posted on 11/18/2008 4:54:01 PM PST by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: pissant

We were premature to think that AK voters were politically sophisticated to vote for the Stevens “seat”, rather than Stevens. Turns out they are no more politically astute than the sheeple way to the south.


15 posted on 11/18/2008 4:54:22 PM PST by Theodore R. (The most frightening words in the English language: The American people!)
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To: pissant

I wonder if some of those absentee ballots are coming from Saudi Arabia.


16 posted on 11/18/2008 4:56:23 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: ZULU

SA, PawkEEstahn; Iran, Gaza, etc


17 posted on 11/18/2008 4:58:36 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: lewisglad

The GOP could have won this seat, except for Sarah Palin telling people not to vote for Stevens.

Thanks to Sarah Palin, we now get a Crat Senator from Alaska.

Thanks for nothing, Sarah.


18 posted on 11/18/2008 5:01:07 PM PST by WilliamReading
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To: WilliamReading

You sound just like all the other McCain fans. Blame Sarah because McCain lost.


19 posted on 11/18/2008 5:03:10 PM PST by John D
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To: lewisglad

Sheesh. The democrats can manufacture votes even in ALASKA!!!

Is there no place safe from the rampant fraud?


20 posted on 11/18/2008 5:04:23 PM PST by The Watcher
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To: WilliamReading

Maybe I missed something. I heard the press ask Palin about Stevens several times, hoping to be able to say that she supported a corrupt criminal. Basically she replied with what amounted to “no comment,” refusing to say one way or the other.

What else could she say?


21 posted on 11/18/2008 5:14:55 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: lewisglad

Looks like Begich was able to rally up alot of ACORN votes to slip under the table.


22 posted on 11/18/2008 5:15:19 PM PST by real_patriotic_american
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To: lewisglad


Because elections are too important to leave to real voters.
23 posted on 11/18/2008 5:16:44 PM PST by aWolverine
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To: lewisglad

Good riddance, Senator “Bridge to Nowhere”. Thanks for crapping away your party and your country.


24 posted on 11/18/2008 5:23:00 PM PST by LiberConservative (Typical white guy)
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To: ZULU

They would do better to change over to Democrats, I doubt anybody would complain.


25 posted on 11/18/2008 5:43:17 PM PST by whatisthetruth
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To: lewisglad
Nick Begich (senior) had six children, named Mark, Nichelle, Tom, Stephanie, Paul, and Nick.

"In 1972, he faced the Republican state senator Don Young. On October 16, 1972, he was aboard a twin engine Cessna 310 along with Congressman Hale Boggs of Louisiana when the plane disappeared during a flight from Anchorage to Juneau. Also on board were Begich's aide, Russell Brown, and the pilot, Don Jonz;[2] the four were heading to a campaign fundraiser for Begich. In an enormous search effort, Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force planes searched for the party. On November 24, 1972, after thirty-nine days, the search was abandoned. Neither the wreckage of the plane nor the pilot's and passengers' remains were ever found." [Wikipedia]

A regular guest on CoastToCoastAM Nick Begich [the son that is, after all it is CoastToCoastAM, :)] has descrbed some unusual things about the search for survivors.

An Internet source

"The Washington-based newspaper, Roll Call, which reports on Capitol Hill, found information through the Freedom of Information Act that two FBI telexes had come in from the FBI office in Los Angeles, indicating that someone had contacted the FBI and that they had knowledge of the whereabouts of the plane and that two people were still living at the site and they gave the coordinates. This was followed up by another telex two days later in which the FBI said that they had verified the authenticity of the source and established their credibility. The source was working in surveillance technologies for an undisclosed firm and they had located the plane. . . conspiracy theorists have reported that Boggs wasn't happy with the [Warren] commission's findings and was pushing for the investigation to be reopened at the time of his death. However, according to his [Boggs] daughter Cokie Roberts, the nationally known television journalist, she told listeners to a talk radio show in April 2004 that her father had no problems with the commission's finding . . . ."

26 posted on 11/18/2008 5:44:13 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: lewisglad

Maybe not the most crooked election in American history, but close to it.

Pretty soon time to move on to the other box.


27 posted on 11/18/2008 5:48:41 PM PST by sergeantdave (We are now in the Age of the Idiot)
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To: lewisglad

The Dims steal elections like the sun rises in the East: It’s a given. What’s really disgusting is that everyone knows it, but refuses to do anything about it.

Welcome to the brave new world.


28 posted on 11/18/2008 5:55:30 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: ought-six

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k6KUDv1wzraWhwlBt1

I just heard this second on Bob Grant that Stevens lost.

Republicans remain in the fetal position, maybe it would have been different if Nixon called out Kennedy in 1960. RINO’S LET democrats steal elections, why? that remains an unanswered question with much speculation.


29 posted on 11/18/2008 5:57:29 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: lewisglad

Am I figuring this right?

If Franken, Martin and Begich win the RATS will have their magic 60?

If Stevens were to resign before a winner is declared, would Palin get to appoint a replacement?


30 posted on 11/18/2008 5:59:48 PM PST by upchuck (Bumper sticker on my pickup: I'm a fierce global warmer.)
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To: lewisglad

I think the only hope for the U.S. is a miltary coup. If that isn’t in the offing, then a revolution is likely on the horizon, in which case God watch over us all.


31 posted on 11/18/2008 6:02:30 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: upchuck

Martin won’t win — the turnout is already much lower in early voting and that favors Chambliss.

Begich already won.

Franken/Coleman is probably 50-50 right now. A lead of 200+ votes before a hand recount of millions is nothing.

So, it’s either 58 or 59, not 60.

Palin could not appoint a replacement for Stevens even if he had won then resigned or was booted out. By law there would have to be a special election (which the Republicans would have won easily). However, the issue is moot. Stevens already lost.


32 posted on 11/18/2008 6:07:07 PM PST by tyke
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

that’ll teach McCain. /sarc

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens loses re-election bid
Yahoo
Posted on 11/18/2008 5:52:56 PM PST by Sub-Driver
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2134372/posts


33 posted on 11/18/2008 6:28:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, October 11, 2008 !!!)
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To: word_warrior_bob

-—”RINO’S LET democrats steal elections, why?”-—

Because at its core, the GOP is still a bunch of old, white, good ol’ boys. They still believe this is the 1950s, and that what people really want is civil, statesmanlike losers. They still honestly believe that all you need to win elections is the tax message, and to look the most presidential.

The 1950s GOP of today still thinks the public will frown upon things like recounts, and that by asking for one the public will have rage and backlash against the party calling for it. They still think that being a fighter makes you look less statesmenlike, and that the voters just want a leader who’ll help unite the country and help everybody get along. They still believe that appearing to take-on Social Conservatives and GOP-leaning Libertarian groups is the way to appear independent and appeal to the Moderates and thus win their votes.

They honestly believe that in 2008, what voters really want is grown-ups who’ll martyr themselves to avoid conflict and dragging the nation through recounts and challenges to the Democrat tactics to steal elections. They really, truly believe they will be rewarded for bowing-out gracefully and without a fight.

The 1950s GOP of today does not know how to fight, and is not interested. They tread lightly at every step, even as the Democrats nuke them with ICBMs. They are so, so, so, soooooo worried about looking unstatesmanlike that it makes many of their campaigns outright impotent. They do not understand that today - in 2008 - even THEIR side want to fight to the death. They have not caught-on to the fact that the GOP base wants fighters, wants risks, and wants recounts - and does not just want gracious losers.

They are still stuck in the 1950s, and led by the National Review/New York Republican crowd who think that every election is lost because the GOP didn’t nominate someone who can give the public a proper intellectual lecture on Supply-Side Economics. They’d nominate William F. Buckley and honestly believe he’d win in a landslide - then just be BAFFLED when he lost 40 states.

They are still the arty of the 1950s - that’s why they let democrats cheat.


34 posted on 11/18/2008 6:39:33 PM PST by TitansAFC (Sarah Palin/Mitt Romney 2012!!! Elway, Schwarzenegger, Ditka, Huckabee, and Hoeven for Senate 2010!)
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To: TitansAFC

Good answer, that about sums it up.

The plaid pants Republicans never learn, they want to be “classy”. Classy losers, I despise these TRAITORS as much as liberals.


35 posted on 11/18/2008 6:55:32 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

What a horrible thing for a family to go through. You hate to see families have to go through death under normal situations, but to never know exactly what happened must be horrible and frustrating. Prayers to the family that they continue to heal.


36 posted on 11/19/2008 7:31:09 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Cicero

She told Alaskans not to vote for Stevens.


37 posted on 11/19/2008 8:28:57 AM PST by WilliamReading
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