Here’s a statement from U.S. Sen. Mark Begich’s campaign manager Susanne Fleek-Green to ABC News about why Begich refuses to concede, even though nearly every major news organization has called the race for GOP challenger Dan Sullivan:
“Senator Begich believes every vote deserves to be counted in this election. There are tens of thousands of outstanding votes and Senator Begich has heard from rural Alaskans that their votes deserve to be counted and their voices deserve to be heard. He will honor those requests and will follow the Alaska Division of Elections as it continues its process and timetable to reach a final count and allow every Alaskan’s vote to speak.”
It’s important to note the all of the votes will be counted, regardless of whether or not Begich concedes, and it could take weeks to do so. In the meantime, Sullivan is said to be heading to D.C. to join other freshmen legislators for orientation.