Alaska Senate Democratic candidate leads Stevens by 3 votes.

Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich leads incumbent Republican Ted Stevens by 3 votes in the latest tally. “The new numbers, reflecting nearly 43,000 absentee ballots counted today, are from all over the state.” On election night, Stevens led Begich by about 3,000 votes. The Division of Elections still has 10,000 more ballots to count today and roughly 35,000 additional absentee and questioned ballots over the next week.

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“Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and John Ensign (R-Nev.) say they’ll back Sen. Jim DeMint’s effort to boot convicted Sen. Ted Stevens from the Republican caucus — if Stevens wins his still too-close-to-call election in Alaska.”

Update:

,Stevens is now behind by more than 800 votes.