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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.
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Notice that they never know how many votes are still out until the Democrat takes the lead?
On to Minnesota, this one is just about over.
Pretty soon the Republican in the race for any public office will have to win by 100,000 votes or the Democrat automatically wins...
geez, why can’t we steal just one?
Heads up... Sarah is gonna have to wait!
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.
Minnesota is going to be a real battle. Everything the Rats tried in 2000 I’m guessing they will try and do again!
The dictatorship looms.
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...
“The dictatorship looms.”
That’s no joke. We are on the brink of a Marxist, totalitarian “presidency”, so keep your powder dry.
Stevens is toast.
Well, with people like McCain, SNow, Collins, and Graham in the Senate, the Dems really don;t need those extra seats.
Once again voters find a reason to vote for what they don’t want.
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.
I wonder if some of those absentee ballots are coming from Saudi Arabia.
SA, PawkEEstahn; Iran, Gaza, etc
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.
You sound just like all the other McCain fans. Blame Sarah because McCain lost.
Sheesh. The democrats can manufacture votes even in ALASKA!!!
Is there no place safe from the rampant fraud?
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