Update as of 10:22 p.m. Sullivan up 7,911. Walker up 4,004. The Division of Elections has counted a 23,800 absentee ballots since Election Day. There are still 10,300 absentee ballots left to be counted and about 5,800 eligible questioned ballots. The next round of counting will be on Friday.
Updated with new numbers. As of 6 p.m. Dan Sullivan is now up 8,071. Bill Walker is now up 3,839. The Walker-Mallott campaign is announcing its transition team tomorrow. From the campaign: “Although the outcome of the gubernatorial election is not yet certain, in order to comply with the constitutional timeframe for swearing in the incoming governor, Bill Walker and Byron Mallott have taken the initial steps to prepare for transition to a new administration.”
The first big count of absentee and early voting results, 10,556 in all, have come in from the Alaska Division of Elections. Today, they’ve counted ballots from Nome, Mat Su and Southeast and some of Anchorage and Fairbanks. The count didn’t change the results of the Senate or governor’s race much. Gov. Sean Parnell is now 3019 behind Bill Walker. Sen. Mark Begich is down 8,784 votes. Dan Sullivan gained 635 votes. In state races, Democratic West Anchorage House candidate Matt Claman is beating Anand Dubey by 86 votes. In Ketchikan, Republican House candidate Chere Klein is up 9 against Independent Dan Ortiz. There’s still about 30,000 more votes to be counted. The division will be counting until 9 p.m. tonight.
Here’s a nifty graph of how the Senate vote tally has changed since last week:
— Greg Giroux (@greggiroux) November 12, 2014