Nov 11, 2014 1:19 PM
Alaska counts ballots to decide Senate race
The Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) Alaska election officials are beginning to count thousands of outstanding ballots that will decide the U.S. Senate race.
Republican challenger Dan Sullivan led first-term Democratic Sen. Mark Begich by about 8,100 votes on election night. But about 50,000 absentee, questioned and early-voted ballots remained to be counted, starting Tuesday.
Republicans have said Sullivan's lead is insurmountable. Begich has said every vote should be counted.
While the race had been closely watched nationally because of its potential to help decide control of the Senate, that drama has been decided. The GOP has already picked up the seats it needs.
Also Tuesday, Alaskans hoped to get greater clarity on the governor's race. Incumbent Republican Gov. Sean Parnell trails independent candidate Bill Walker by about 3,000 votes.