Well, the final tally today had Mark Begich leading convicTed Stevens by 3724 votes. It’s a happy happy day on the Mudflats!
Mark Begich has officially won the Senate seat. Alaskans have done something right.
That means that my red red state isn’t so red anymore. We have just elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate for the first time in 30 years! OK, I know….it took running against a seven time convicted felon to do it, and it was still really really close… but nobody better snow on my parade!
I’m having a small-scale flashback to election night, when I felt, for the first time in a long time that there was someone out there who was representing me who was actually representing me! I feel suddenly relevant…light in my heart…with something that feels like a golf ball lodged in my throat.
I truly never thought I’d see this day. When I first moved to Alaska, almost 2 decades ago, I was told by my future spouse that the only thing that would get Stevens and Young out of office was the grim reaper. Who could have known about those undeclared home renovations?
I pause for a moment to salute the very excellent House candidate, Ethan Berkowitz who was unable to unseat Don Young. He came closer than anyone ever has, and deserves our gratitude. Who knows…when Don Young gets convicted, maybe Ethan will give it another shot.
Begich issued a statement shortly before 5 p.m. claiming victory.
“I am humbled and honored to serve Alaska in the United States Senate,” Begich said. “It’s been an incredible journey getting to this point, and I appreciate the support and commitment of the thousands of Alaskans who have brought us to this day. I can’t wait to get to work fighting for Alaskan families.”
The Stevens campaign has made no comment.
Begich more than tripled his lead today after the state counted about 23,000 absentee and questioned ballots from Anchorage, Southeast Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak. The state finished counting from other parts of the Alaska last week.
I take this opportunity to congratulate Senator Mark Begich! I am proud to have him representing me in the U.S. Senate. And I offer these humble words of advice, Senator, now that you have done the impossible, slain the political lion, and defeated the Republican Goliath.
Don’t. Screw. Up.
(Now, pass the cake!)
To celebrate this amazing event, I have turned all the commenters into joyous little critters! Change is in the air!