Assuming there are no surprises in whatever votes were still in play -- including absentee ballots -- Sullivan may be on track to be the last big win for the Republican Party. According to Alaska's Division of Elections, the independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker also appears to be on track to unseat Gov. Sean Parenell (R). Neither races have been conceded or called.
The Begich campaign stood its ground despite trailing in the late vote count. The campaign manager for Alaskans for Begich, Susanne Fleek-Green, released a statement, stating “Begich will make a statement on the race after counts arrive from the seventy outstanding villages and when the number of outstanding absentee and questioned ballots is clear.”
Begich has experience in lagging behind, as happened in the 2008 race, and he told supporters packed into an Anchorage restaurant that it would be a long night. "It might be a long week," Begich said, according to the Associated Press. "It might be a week from now, two weeks from now, but we will be victorious."
Both campaigns appeared to have concluded there would be no clear decision would apparent on Election Day. Therefore, the Sullivan and Begich campaigns held "victory parties" in Anchorage. Team Sullivan opted for a more formal setting, hiring ballroom at the Hotel Captain Cook, while Team Begich rented out a bar a few blocks away. Both parties were well attended by supporters, both with an optimistic air.
Speaking to The Washington Post at his party, Sullivan cited the similarities between his campaign and the other Republicans who were victorious in the midterm elections.
“I think a lot them did what I did, which was run on a campaign that was focused on being concerned about the direction of the country, the federal overreach, the explosion of debt, the weak weak economy, the Obama era and to try and change that direction,” he said.
Yet Sullivan remained shied away from calling the election. “We’ll see if that wave washes up on Alaska shores,” he said.