Sen. Begich refuses to concede as gap remains in heated race

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) campaigns in the village of Napaskiak. Photo from Facebook

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) is still trailing Republican Dan Sullivan and one of his allies believes he can't make a comeback.

With all precincts reporting, Begich was behind by more than 8,100 votes. His re-election campaign remained optimistic, however, as he waited for absentee and other ballots to be counted.

"Alaskans across the state were inspired by stories of village elders being lifted onto four wheelers to go vote and Alaskans traveling up and down river to cast their ballots," Begich said on Facebook. "From Southeast to the North Slope, every single Alaskan deserves to have their vote counted."

According to The Alaska Dispatch News, about 22,000 ballots remain uncounted. Begich would have to take a sizable portion in order to defeat Sullivan.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen," Jim Lottsfeldt, a Begich ally, told the News.

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Begich refuses to concede in U.S. Senate race, citing uncounted rural Alaska votes (The Alaska Dispatch News 11/6)

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