AP Calls Senate Race for Sullivan, but…
The Associated Press last night called the Alaska Senate race for Republican Dan Sullivan. So, is it over? Well, not quite yet.
There are still more than 20,000 votes to count, and overseas ballots still have almost a week to arrive. There are votes yet to come in from villages in which Mark Begich expects a high level of support. The campaign released the following statement even as Begich is back in D.C. for his probable but not definite lame duck months.
A statement by a campaign structure that has seen their candidate win several elections by the slimmest of margins came from Suzanne Fleek-Green of the Begich campaign.
“Sen. Begich believes every vote deserves to be counted in this election. There are tens of thousands of outstanding votes and Sen. Begich has heard from rural Alaskans that their votes deserve to be counted and their voices deserve to be heard. He will honor those requests.”
Early votes from Monday, and absentees from November 4 and 5th were counted yesterday.
Only the “full-count ballots” (ballots that included votes for down ticket races) were counted in districts 15 and 21 for Anchorage, because they were the closest. Gabrielle LeDoux (incumbent R) is leading Laurie Hummel (D) on the east side in District 15 by 168 votes, and Matt Claman (D) in the open race is leading Anand Dubey (R) by 86 votes, increasing his lead from 35 votes on election night.
If, in fact, Sullivan’s victory holds, Alaska will have traded the fifth most powerful Senator in the country, and a seat on the Appropriations committee, and a Senator in each party, for someone who has never held elected office, and will rank 100 out of 100. And they will have traded a lifelong Alaskan who is knowledgeable on the issues, for an Ohio/Maryland carpetbagger who can’t even answer the most basic questions about fisheries issues, and thinks showing up for debates is optional. Nice going, Alaska. Because… OBAMA!
In happier news, the independent team of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott are maintaining their 4,000 vote lead over incumbent Republican Governor Sean Parnell, and his sidekick “Mayor Dan.” So, if luck holds, we won’t be re-electing a spendthrift ConocoPhillips lobbyist oil shill who abandoned members of the National Guard to sexual assault, abuse of power, and a host of other nefarious doings. And we won’t put a Mayor who epically botched his city’s 2013 election in charge of… elections. And also too, raging homophobia.
So there’s that.
Other down ticket races of note include District 36 in Ketchikan which has Daniel Ortiz (N/A) leading Chere Klein (R) by 19 votes, and District 5 in Fairbanks with Adam Wool (D) leading Pete Higgins (R) by 225 votes.
The next round of counting will be on Friday. There are still about 16,000 absentee and questioned ballots which remain to be counted, and ballots from overseas will be accepted until next week.