Stevens Trails Begich in Vote Tally
I don’t know if I can handle any more Alaska drama!
The Anchorage Daily News reports this morning that Democratic Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich has pulled ahead of Sen. Ted Stevens in the vote tally expected to take about another week to complete.
Begich has been trailing Stevens by 1.5 percent in the count, a bizarre situation since Stevens was convicted on seven counts of federal bribery-related charges one week before Election Day. Today, Begich is ahead by 814 votes, with 40,000 questioned and mail-in ballots still to be counted.
The Daily News notes a number of factors that favor Begich. First, ballots from Anchorage, where Begich is a popular mayor, won’t be counted until Monday or Wednesday of next week. Those are also likely to break Begich for another reason. During the campaign, Begich pushed voters to vote early. Stevens depended on a last-minute appearance in Alaska, and a media blitz a few days before Nov. 4, to get out the vote.
It’s too close to count out either candidate — but a promising turn of events for Begich.