Convicted Sen. Ted Stevens Slips Behind in Ballot Count

Convicted Sen. Ted Stevens, who has insisted he is innocent, has suddenly slipped behind in the race as ballots continue to be counted.

Sen. Ted Stevens/official photo
Sen. Ted Stevens/official photo

By Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, a titan of Alaska politics convicted of felony charges last month, fell behind by three votes Wednesday as the count resumed in his re-election bid.
Democrat Mark Begich, the two-term mayor of Anchorage, began Wednesday down more than 3,200 votes but closed the gap as officials resumed counting early and absentee ballots. The tally was 125,019 to 125,016.
Neither side expected to be able to claim victory Wednesday. By late afternoon, officials had counted more than 44,000 of the roughly 90,000 outstanding ballots.
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