Neck and Neck: Senate Races Deadlocked
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UPDATED on November 13 at 1:29 AM EST:
The gap has now widened to 814 votes between Mark Begich and Ted Stevens in the Alaska Senate race:
Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, the titan of Alaska politics convicted of felony charges last month, fell behind by more than 800 votes Wednesday as the count resumed in his re-election bid.
Democrat Mark Begich, the two-term mayor of Anchorage, began the day down more than 3,200 votes but went up by 814 as officials resumed their counting of early and absentee ballots. The tally was 132,196 to 131,382.
Neither side was claiming victory or conceding defeat, with tens of thousands of outstanding ballots.
"I've always said that this would be a close race," Begich said in a statement. "I'm confident that Alaskans, like the rest of the country, want a new direction in Washington, and ultimately that will be reflected in the results."
Stevens' campaign did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
And those neck-and-neck Senate races get even closer.
The three Senate races that will determine whether the Democrats gain that coveted 60-seat majority are still deadlocked - by the slimmest of margins from 3 votes in Alaska to 200 votes in Minnesota and a tense runoff in Georgia.