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Alaska Senate is over as Begich concedes

Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Begich, Sept. 28, 2014. He has lost his race for re-election in Alaska.
Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Begich, Sept. 28, 2014. He has lost his race for re-election in Alaska. MCT

Alaska’s U. S. Senate race is officially over. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, has conceded the race.

Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan, a Republican, will succeed Begich. That means Republicans will have 53 seats in the next Congress, and possibly one more. Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Republican, is the favorite to defeat Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., in Louisiana’s Dec. 6 runoff.

Sullivan was declared the Alaska winner by Associated Press a few days ago, but Begich clung to a hope that the vote counting would tip his way. Sullivan, though, retained a comfortable lead.

So Monday, Begich said he called to congratulate Sullivan, and urged him to act in a bipartisan fashion.

Sullivan thanked Begich, and said, "I look forward to doing the job that Alaskans elected me to do, and to begin the process of turning our country around and building a brighter future for Alaska.”

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