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Alaska Senate: Count the Votes!


Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska and his supporters watch vote results showing the Republican ahead of his opponent on election night. Photo by By Johnny Wagner -- Getty Images

UPDATE, 8:22 pm: In a remarkable turn of events, Democrat Mark Begich has surged into a three-vote (!) lead over Republican Sen. Ted Stevens with roughly half of the 90,000 remaining ballots now counted, according to a report on the Anchorage Daily News website. Roughly 43,000 of the 90,000 outstanding votes had been counted as of 8 pm eastern time with another 10,000 (or so) to go before counting stops for the day. That means that Begich has made up 3,200 votes in the space of a single day. Democrats need to be wary of premature celebration, however. It remains unclear exactly where all the uncounted ballots come from (geographically) so the lead could well change several times between now and when they stop counting on Nov. 19. Stay tuned.

ORIGINAL POST

Eight days after the general election race between Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens (R) and Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) formally concluded, more than 90,000 votes remain uncounted -- a huge question mark in the effort to determine who will be the next Senator from the Last Frontier.

The lack of certainty surrounding the outcome has left national party strategists in a state of limbo -- particularly given the wild scenarios that would ensue if Stevens, who was convicted in late October on seven felony counts, manages to win re-election.

Here's what we know:

* With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Stevens had 106,594 votes (48.2 percent) while Begich had 103,337 votes (46.7 percent). Three other third-party candidates combined to win 11,242 votes (5.1 percent). (All numbers are from the Associated Press.)

* There are approximately 90,000 early and absentee ballots -- almost 30 percent of the total vote -- still uncounted. (Isn't the point of early voting that the ballots get counted faster? But, we digress...). Of that number, 52,324 will be counted today, according to the Begich campaign.

* The drop dead date for all ballots to be counted is Nov. 19. The election will be certified on Nov. 25. A recount, which would automatically be triggered if the margin was .5 percent or less, would happen after the 25th. (Begich currently trails Stevens by 1.5 percent.)

* Alaska is four hours behind east coast time -- meaning that we may not know anything about the counting of the ballots today until tomorrow.

While they are behind by more than 3,000 votes, Democrats remain (cautiously) optimistic due to the large number of votes still uncounted and Begich's strength among those early votes that have been tabulated. (The incomparable Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com breaks down the numbers behind this argument.)

We should know by late today -- or maybe tomorrow morning -- whether that optimism is well founded or not. If Begich can't get ahead by the end of counting today, he's not likely to pull off the come-from-behind victory some Democrats see for him.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 12, 2008; 8:22 PM ET
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Latest is that Begich is just over 1000 votes in advance of Stevens. But there are about another 24,000 votes still uncounted???

The jury came in and convicted Stevens of fraud, but he has appealed. (I must admit, as one jury person left on the excuse they
were attending a funeral, but it was a horse race, makes me believe there might be a case of jury tampering?) This man is old enough to know the ropes. Win or lose. His appeal will not be reviewed until after the results are finally in... bet he asks for a recount if it is that close? If he wins, well Bush can pardon him, and even not, he might resign to allow his pet Sarah, 'The lipsticked Pit Bull'(her description of herself by the way) to call another election and stand
herself... that she has stated in the past.

Whatever the result, be it a Republican or Democrat win, Alaska will never be viewed
again in the same light before Gov.Palin was nominated as VP.

Her ignorant arrogance is so flawed, it is
almost laughable. And this Wooten fiasco,
her husband's assumption he can act with
her approval is beyond belief.

The Palins and their ilk, are like a load
of vengeful nobodies, who think if one of them holds an official position, they can
all do what they like because of whom she is? Only in Alaska it would seem. This attitude will not go down well in DC should Gov.Palin get the go ahead and become a senator herself. Be warned ... When you vote for Sarah, you vote in her husband too who has no security clearance,
and should be banned from her office unless it is on appointment or meet her for lunch.

Posted by: bush-bunny | November 16, 2008 4:34 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: teamac | November 13, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Early voting (which requires no excuse) is generally counted quickly (Texas slapped it up on the board at 7PM sharp when the polls closed), but Alaska's is really absentee voting, not early voting. In practice, it was the same, but the counting is done on the absentee voting model (which is slow--seemingly deliberately slow) and careful. Since a third of the total is in question, it seems a little silly, and it wouldn't surprise me if they changed it in the future.

Posted by: Budikavlan | November 13, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Remarkable, yes, but not surprising - that Nate Silver character is pretty smart, no? Things aren't random - because we got a good sense of what votes hadn't been counted yet, it was possible to dig behind Stevens' seemingly substantial lead and realize that it was more likely than not that Begich would lead after the remaining ballots were counted.

With tools like 538, and hopefully better ones in the years to come, I hope that journalists will become more adept at understanding and reporting what they really mean (and don't).

Posted by: mperrenod | November 13, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Just goes to show the morals of the people of Alaska that they would vote for a convicted felon. Well, if he don't get elected I guess Failing won't be able to appoint herself senator. {POOR HENNITY, HE MAY COMMITT SUICIDE} I think he would be doing the right thing.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | November 13, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Just goes to show the morals of the people of Alaska that they would vote for a convicted felon. Well, if he don't get elected I guess Failing won't be able to appoint herself senator. {POOR HENNITY, HE MAY COMMITT SUICIDE} I think he would be doing the right thing.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | November 13, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.
$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$540 billion: Annual U.S. Defense Budget."

Posted by: diana9 | November 13, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.
$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$540 billion: Annual U.S. Defense Budget."

Posted by: diana9 | November 13, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Has fox news finally gone too far, shocking video has racial undertones.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKFyNkNbO3g

Huckabee launching 2012 website? Read Article at http://www.HuckabeeShow.com

Posted by: pastor123 | November 13, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I can say with confidence that Sen. Ted steven is much much better then beauty queen Sarah Pelin.!!!!

Posted by: akber_kassam | November 13, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The Center for Governmental Studies has posted two very insightful videos on youtube regarding this whole topic of elections, voting,etc. Here are the links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsp-yfHPf8o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvp33SVmquI

Posted by: vm90064 | November 13, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Check this out. The Center for Governmental Studies put out a great video about this issue.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbO2mo_9QW0&feature=channel

Posted by: VM05 | November 13, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Let's see...a state with only 650,000 people still hadn't counted nearly 100,000 votes a week after the election? And with the whole country watching, they nibble away at it on the day shift only? So much for Gov. Palin's executive experience.

Posted by: DMC2 | November 13, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Why is one of the least populated states in the U.S. the least able to count votes? There are suburbs of large cities with more people than the entire state of Alaska.

Posted by: rv60610 | November 13, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

As of this morning, Stevens is loosing by 800 votes.

Posted by: msreginacomcastnet | November 13, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Its funny how non-right wing nuts are celebrating a new direction and how right wingers are celebrating the shocking unemployment numbers because it will seriously limit Obama's ability to improve the situation for so many Americans who are struggling right now. Its really says a lot about the right wing when they celebrate in the misery, poverty, and pain that is suffered by their neighbors. Also, even after getting totally humiliated in this election you still see the talking points that didn't work reposted with no changes whatsoever. It might as well be a talking point 'bot. These are some sad, sick people.

Posted by: tweldy | November 13, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Stevens will lose and remove a stain from the great state of Alaska. Now, if we can just get rid of the Governor Moose-olini, the state has a chance for true redemption.

Posted by: thebobbob | November 13, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I see 37th&ObamaSt is still posting the same old rot. Can we get a new village idiot?

Posted by: Iconoblaster | November 13, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

There is a lot wrong with our system. A CONVICTED FELON CAN RUN FOR ELECTION, BUT A CONVICTED FELON CANNOT VOTE IN THE ELECTION. Hmmmm a fundamental flaw, would you not say? It also says that we revere and regard our politicians as BETTER THAN OURSELVES, Not as PUBLIC SERVANTS. Our interpretation of democracy is rather strange...much like a monarchy. No wonder these politicians run hog wild and stuff their pockets from the public trough and then get praised instead of prosecuted. We get what we deserve.

Posted by: yard80197 | November 13, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Unlike the questionable last-minute flow of reversing votes in Minnesota for Al Franken, if Ted Stevens narrowly loses his senate seat he can hardly cry that an injustice is occurring. After all, were it not for his 7 felony convictions, he would have easily beaten his opponent.

Posted by: AsperGirl | November 13, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the comment from 37thOst about Obama, (1st, I thought this article was about Ted Stevens?) 2nd, Obamas birth certificate is posted on FighttheSmears.com. People who are posting statments like this about Obama don't use critical thinking skills, nor do the ones that choose to believe this stuff. It's that simple. Regarding the Prof from the Univ of AK who commented on the bush Native American vote in AK being influenced toward voting Democratic by higher fuel prices: I confirm. Having lived in AK and also worked at U of AK, there are variables that none of us, who are "outside" would likely be aware of at play. Those he pointed out aare insightful. I do not think Mr. Stevens will prevail this time around, (just like an old grizzly inevitably loses to a new alpha). I certainly hope we will not be trading him for mama bear, Sarah Palin, however! Hard to say which is worse. Overall, it's a good thing the eyes of America are finally watching what's going on up there.

Posted by: chryshodges | November 13, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Early voting IS early in some states, state law allows them to get the ballots out of the envelopes, say, three days ahead of time and ready for processing as soon as the polls are closed. Since they are already at the (?) whatever office, they shouldn't be noticeably slower than the ballots cast at the polls.

But this may not be the law in Alaska.

Posted by: dotellen | November 13, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Stevens ain''t going nowhere. He''s spent 40+ years mastering how to manipulate and corrupt the system both at home in DC. He will win re-election by a hair (a landslide would raise too many questions), get the conviction tossed out on a technicality, and return gloating to the Senate. The people behind him in the photo already know it, too.

Those who prematurely celebrated his demise are about to get schooled in how power really works.

Posted by: bpai_99

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LOL.

And George Bush will be considered a great President one day. Not.

Even if Stevens were to win the vote, the Senate will toss him out.

He's toast.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 13, 2008 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Alaskan Update: The 814 Vote Spread in the Deep North; Will It Never End?
By Stephen Conn, Retired Professor, University of Alaska

An Alaskan Update: Why a new 814 vote spread between Senatorial candidate Begich and Senator Stevens in Alaska, reversing a Stevens’s lead of more than three thousand before the absentee votes were counted? Athabascan, Yupik and Inuit who had to leave their rural villages for the cities because of the high cost of fuel, may have read Mark Begich's proposed plan to address the energy crisis in Bush Alaska (not that Bush) beforehand and voted in high absentee numbers, unusual for them, before they left. Yesterday’s belated absentee up count in Begich's favor, makes this a very close Senatorial race. Rural Alaska Natives may have presumed that, this time around, Stevens would be too occupied with his own trial and in no position to help them in Washington DC.

Should we suspect the electoral process, itself, because of these twists and turns and create a new Alaska Secretary for Electoral Ethics, as Alaska born writer, Shannyn Moore advocates? Nope. Nothing strange for Alaska is really happening except typically, outsized and unanticipated events with their impacts upon the ordinary. Alaska is a place where volcanic ash can stop airplanes from flying during the holidays and an avalanche or moose in the road can stall regular commutes for hours or days. Some former big name politicians are in jail or on their way to jail, or should be, and others are not. Alaskans take this in stride.

Stevens will still count on overseas military voters, who usually vote straight Republican tickets. But, this time around, some in the overseas military might vote a split ticket because of the “Obama opportunity,” or because of the direct and constant, negative exposure to publicity about Stevens' conviction, unbuffered by Alaska's local and abiding love for Uncle Ted.
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As luck would have it, Congressman Don Young had a chance to vote twice against the nefarious corporate bailout by the taxpayers. Ethan Berkowitz said he would have voted for it during their televised debate. Young's position is wildly popular in Alaska. Allegiance to the national party line may have cost Berkowitz the Congressional seat, but won this bright Alaskan export a spot in the new Obama Administration. Sarah Palin, he’s not,
So, stay tuned for still more fun in the Deep North after the 19th of November when all of the Iraqi and other overseas-postmarked votes must be received by the Alaska State Division of Elections. The vote count must be finished before Thanksgiving because the Great Alaska Shoot Out is coming to town. As Sergeant Preston used to tell us, “ On, You Huskies!”

Posted by: steveconn1 | November 13, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Stevens ain''t going nowhere. He''s spent 40+ years mastering how to manipulate and corrupt the system both at home in DC. He will win re-election by a hair (a landslide would raise too many questions), get the conviction tossed out on a technicality, and return gloating to the Senate. The people behind him in the photo already know it, too.

Those who prematurely celebrated his demise are about to get schooled in how power really works.

Posted by: bpai_99 | November 13, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Begich now ahead by 814.

Stevens goes down the tubes.

Posted by: SeanC1 | November 13, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

37thOSt has posted several times, we note.

Thanks for sharing (what does the O stand for?) Never mind. Were you wearing a sheet or did you just get a new 12 pack?

It must suck to be you.

Posted by: teamac | November 13, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

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Producing the hospital records for his birth should be Obama's first priority - If he can not do that, he should gracefully yield to Biden Thanking the nation for "One Night In Grant Park." Then he should go back to Kenya and run a trailer park.


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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 12, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

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In a remarkable revelation, it was revealed that ACORN was contracted to count the votes in Alaska - when asked about this seemingly crazy contract award -Governor Sarah Palin said, "I was on Letterman that day."


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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 12, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

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In a remarkable revelation, it was revealed that ACORN was contracted to count the votes in Alaska - when asked about this seemingly crazy contract award - Sarah Paline said, "I was on Letterman that day."

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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 12, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Should Barack Obama launch a probe to investigate President Bush for alleged abuses during his term?

---------> http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=4134


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Posted by: usadblake | November 12, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Looking good for Begich, with the remaining votes coming from blue-leaning precincts. That's good; though Don Young the corrupt porkmaster will get reelected, it seems; sigh.

Now, if only the voters of the Louisiana 2nd would vote out William Jefferson; he's an embarassment to the Democrats, and they could easily take the seat back with a non-corrupt candidate in 2010. However, most of the 2nd's population is congenitally incapable of voting Republican (not without cause).

Posted by: SeanC1 | November 12, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Begich is up by 3 votes..........yes, THREE votes.

Posted by: davehershey01 | November 12, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Stevens now behind.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 12, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

In a related area, here's a great article on "Why Sarah Palin Still Matters":

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/11/why-palin-still.html

Posted by: austintexas | November 12, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Confused about Alaska? See my post at counterpunch.com or alaskadispatch.com and learn more.steve conn

Posted by: steveconn1 | November 12, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

A Stevens win means a Palin move to DC. I look forward to seeing Senator Palin shaking hands with Senator Clinton in the Senate chamber in 2009.

Posted by: kenpasadena | November 12, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse.
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Palin should just stay up there in Alaska, she has plenty to deal with. Alaska is in for a financial disaster that Palin will have to deal with. They can't even make their current budget now that the price of oil is down and 86% of the states revenue comes form oil. Alaska now goes in the hole if oil drops below $78.00 a barrel and oil could stay in the 50's and 60's now for years. The good times in Alaska are about to come to an end. Palin walked into the governors office with the state booming and tried to take credit for it. Let's see if Palin is as eager to take the responsibility for the coming mess. The sick part is, all Alaska's good times comes on the back of the misery of the rest of the country.

Posted by: popasmoke | November 12, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Chris,
You missed the boat on MSNBC about Anchorage being Begich country in the Senate vote.

Not quite that simple. Much of Anchorage and most of southcentral AK is very red.

http://media.adn.com/smedia/2008/11/07/12/7senateVote.source.prod_affiliate.7.pdf

Posted by: atpeterson | November 12, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Some results have been posted: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/08general/data/results.htm and Stevens lead is now under 1000.

Posted by: harold6 | November 12, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

From an earlier... posthttp://www.adn.com/politics/story/582698.html
Was there massive voter fraud in Alaska? Turnout was 8,000 less than in 2004. It should have been at 25-35,000 more this year even if it was a normal election.

Not sure is is true. I just read that Kerry received more votes in Ohio in '04 than Obama did in this election. The guess was that fewer Republicans came out to vote in OH.

Posted by: cgarrity | November 12, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

A Stevens win means a Palin move to DC. I look forward to seeing Senator Palin shaking hands with Senator Clinton in the Senate chamber in 2009.

Posted by: kenpasadena | November 12, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party is not dead. It might be a tad stinky, but it is not dead. Right now it is just stuck in stupid. There are still plenty of Republican Senators and Representatives to raise a stink. Moreover, there is a veritable plethora of Republican Governors, including the Alaskan. After W and Cheney leave office, the GOP will be able to take a break and retool if they will unstick themselves.

Meanwhile, the conservative punditocracy has already begun its 2012 elephant race that may or may not include Palin, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, or even Newt Gingrich, as the Posts venerable Robert Novak has suggested. But, there are two questions such speculation raises – who are the Republicans and who, in their right mind, would want to lead them? Oh, yah, that would be you know. So let’s take a look at Alaska.

As of this posting there are still 90,000 absentee/early ballots being counted in Alaska to determine whether Ted Stevens, a convicted felon, will be elected to represent the Frontier State. Regardless, he plans to return to the senate next week, where Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina has “ filed official notice that he will call for a vote to have Stevens ejected from the Republican Conference,” according to Mike Ross, of Anchorage television station KTUU.

Governor Palin remains at large, running off at the mouth like the comic king of double talk Irwin Corey after she and the first dude treated “the vice presidential run as a second honeymoon,” as mused Maureen Dowd in her NY Times column. Ms. Palin will join the Republican Governors Association meeting later in Miami. One wonders if the spotlight will tire of her. I am sure the RGA does too since they will be in it.

As to the condition of being stuck in stupid, as I have written, the Republicans may be a lot of things but being stupid is not one of them. After all, they allowed Palin to be on their ticket and successfully lost the Presidential election. Showtime Sarah aside, the Republican Governors are a smart bunch and I expect they will be the most influential in the party’s rehabilitation.

As a business management consultant, I would describe a lot of what I see in business families as people stuck in stupid. They are not stupid; they're just stuck in it. The primary reason they are stuck is their lack of flexibility, which inhibits change. The GOP has a lot of work to do in order to unstick itself. Alaska’s Governor Palin and Senator Stevens will not help them in their efforts.

http://loftypremise.blogspot.com/

Posted by: teamac | November 12, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

The comment that Begich's chances are low if he doesn't pull ahead in today's count isn't correct. All of the districts to be counted in the second wave are blue, so Begich is almost certain to make significant gains in them if he makes any gains at all today. It probably is fair to say that his odds are poor if he doesn't make up a good chunk of the gap today.

Posted by: mbw1 | November 12, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I wish the candidate would discuss global poverty more. According to The Borgen Project:
$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$540 billion: Annual U.S. Defense Budget

Posted by: maryna1 | November 12, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

No question the early and absentee votes will favor Begich. The only thing left unanswered is how much the Dem will gain, and if it will be enough to knock off the criminal.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | November 12, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

According to CNN's election tracker only 99 percent of Georgia's precincts have reported, along with only 96 percent in Oregon.
Missouri's 11 electoral votes still haven't been called either with votes still apparently turning up.

Posted by: jdunph1 | November 12, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

"(Isn't the point of early voting that the ballots get counted faster? But, we digress...)"

No, that's not the point at all. You're not that dumb, Chris. The point of early voting is to make it more convenient for people to vote, with the added advantage of lessening the potential for long waits on election day.

Posted by: LittleGreenArmyMan | November 12, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

"And, why do we not even know yet whether there's definitely going to be a runoff in Georgia?"

Isn't it definite? I'm pretty sure it is.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 12, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

angriestdog:

If Palin runs and wins the Senate seat after Stevens resigns/is removed, then you have Parnell as your Gov. Is that a good thing?

Posted by: mnteng | November 12, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Amazing, a convicted felon and a vicious, ignorant racist as the leading political lights in Alaska...

Posted by: jwallace1 | November 12, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

http://www.adn.com/politics/story/582698.html
Was there massive voter fraud in Alaska? Turnout was 8,000 less than in 2004. It should have been at 25-35,000 more this year even if it was a normal election.

Posted by: wildleaf | November 12, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

"Alaskans still don't believe Stevens is guilty as the vote shows."

Yeah, that's how it works, right?

Posted by: DDAWD | November 12, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

This lack of urgency in Secretary's of State offices in these congressional races seems to be bordering on negligence to me. Chris mentioned the reason for the need for the winner in Alaska. In Minnesota, legal battles will likely ensue following a recount that won't end until next month, meaning the 111th Congress may not have one of its Senators from Minnesota when it convenes next year. And, why do we not even know yet whether there's definitely going to be a runoff in Georgia?
What are the reasons these five House races are still outstanding?

Posted by: jdunph1 | November 12, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

"Pdiddy - the market is forward looking. It sees the doom of the Lib entitelments pending."

Except during the economic boom of the Clinton years. Then it was the Bush and Reagan policies FINALLY taking effect.

And somehow when Bush squandered that within like a year and a half, it was the economy forward looking to Obama's election six years later.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 12, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

The count will be done this week. Stevens will win. Stevens is popular because he takes a personal interest in the little problems of individual Alaskans, not solely because of bringing home the bacon. That's why we call him "Uncle Ted".
Alaska has perhaps the CLEANEST elections in the country. It might take a little more time but our reputation is excellent. Instead of throwing dirt on a good man with bad friends, look East to Spitzer who got a slap on the wrist for his immoral and illegal activities.
Alaskans still don't believe Stevens is guilty as the vote shows.

Posted by: harpist_2002 | November 12, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Stevens is feeling good about that absentee and early vote number. Because... many are military. Alaska has huge military bases and alot of those guys register to vote in Alaska so they can get the oil dividend. You can legally get a dividend even if you are in Iraq, that and medical emergency are the only way to collect living outside the State. Anyway... don't get me wrong, I voted for Begich, but when I saw the absentee number.... well I knew it was mostly military. What is even worse, is if Steven's wins I think he will resign and there will be a Special Election. Palin is likely to take the Seat in a 90 day bum rush with Steven's behind her. So.... a lose, lose.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 12, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

President elect Obama has arranged for his first meeting with foreign leaders from other to demonstrate his foreign policy expertise. It's scheduled to run for five minutes.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 12, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Bloomberg publishes a list (for subscribers) of the top companies with largest percentage of shares sold short. The New York Times Company is currently number thirteen, with 17.5% of the shares sold short. This means that these investors are betting that the shares will continue to slide. No other media companies appear on the top 60 list.

a good bet that the Liberal icons will continue to falter. who believes that trash anymore? throw in MSDNC with Krazy Keith and moveon and you have the modern version of Larry, curly and Moe.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 12, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Pdiddy - the market is forward looking. It sees the doom of the Lib entitelments pending.

Libs on the other hand never stop looking back - to the 60s and their glory days of massive spending, losing wars and expansion of the culture of recklessness.

the bottom fell out the same time Obama went ahead in the polls. the economy started down when PeLousy took over.

the cuture of corruption is firmly entrenched in the Dem leadership and soon to be thugocracy from chicago.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 12, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

DONT encourage king-of-zouk by responding. Like most trolls, he only relishes the reaction.

Just remember, his responses are no more intellectualy robust than the two year old who is afraid there is bogeyman under his bed simply because he cant see clearly...

Posted by: anthonyrimell | November 12, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

See this story in today's Anchorage Daily News about why this vote count is taking so long. There are good reasons for it.

http://www.adn.com/election/story/586095.html

Posted by: yksin | November 12, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk should go back to his cave and weep some more. This post is about Begich and Stevens not Obama or the DNC.

I think Begich will prevail in the end.

Posted by: sjxylib | November 12, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if king_of_zouk realizes that Obama hasn't even been sworn in yet.

Posted by: PDiddy | November 12, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

The point of early voting is early voting, not early counting. Just imagine how upset people would be if the early votes were disclosed before the polls closed. Lots of room for manipulation if votes are counted early.

Posted by: sensible | November 12, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

A disheartened Wall Street fell for the third straight session Wednesday as investors absorbed another series of dismal corporate reports and news that the government won't buy banks' soured mortgage assets after all. The Dow Jones industrials fell 400 points, and all the major indexes dropped more than 4 percent.


the Obama depression takes hold. Help us Messiah. Pay our bills. Teach our kids. heal our wounds. clean our environment. We can't do it without you.

Methinks THE ONE is way over his head.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 12, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON – Party officials say the Democratic National Committee has a $15 million debt in the wake of the Nov. 4 election.

coming soon to an economy near you - the Lib effect.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 12, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

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