Finally: Begich concedes to Sullivan in Alaska Senate race

The AP called the race for Dan Sullivan about a week ago, after which Sullivan went to Washington to participate in the election of GOP party leaders and other orientation activities with the rest of the large contingent of newly elected GOP senators (see below).


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Anyway, despite all that, it still took a solid week for the erstwhile senator from Alaska to finally acknowledge what has been clear to the rest of the world for nearly a fortnight: he lost. Better late than never, I suppose.

Alaska Democratic Sen. Mark Begich finally conceded Monday night, phoning Republican Dan Sullivan 13 days after the election to congratulate him.

The most recent tally on the board of elections web site shows that the incumbent lost by 2.84 percent, or about 7,700 votes.

The Associated Press called the race last week for Sullivan, who has been in the Capitol for new-member orientation. But Begich said he was determined that every vote be counted.

Game over.


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