Posted: November 19, 2008
Alaska Senate race: Begich defeats Stevens and a recount is unlikely
Senator Ted Stevens has been defeated by challenger Mark Begich in the Alaska Senate race by a margin of close to 1%. State-funded automatic recounts are triggered by margins smaller than 0.5% but a candidate would have to request a recount and pay the approximate $15,000 cost were the margin larger. The Alaska race has been closely watched for many reasons such as the length of Stevens' time in office and his criminal trial and conviction right before the election. Alaska is also an interesting place because of its huge and challenging geography and the difficulties that can create in election administration.