ALASKA: Another Dem Senate Loss

Via the Wall Street Journal:

Republican Dan Sullivan was declared the winner of Alaska’s Senate race early Wednesday morning, a week after voting ended, as the Associated Press said he held an insurmountable lead over one-term Democratic Sen. Mark Begich. Mr. Sullivan’s win brings the Republican majority in the next Senate to 53 seats, with one race, in Louisiana, still to be settled in a runoff. Mr. Begich’s campaign was doomed after he failed to make up significant ground Tuesday as Alaska elections officials counted about 20,000 ballots cast by absentee voters, provisional and early voters. The Democrat cut into Mr. Sullivan’s Election Day advantage by only 238 votes in Tuesday’s count, not enough to significantly diminish his 8,100-vote lead. The Associated Press called the race shortly before 3 a.m. Eastern Time. With about 30,000 votes still to be counted, Mr. Sullivan leads by 7,991 votes out of 244,998 cast. Mr. Begich would have to win more than 62% of the remaining uncounted votes to draw even.