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Anckorage Daily News reports that Begich's lead has grown to 1022 (and 488 away from the mandatory recount) in Alaska.  

This naturally would do three things simultaneously, remove Stevens from the Senate the natural way, block Palin from nominating herself and three grow the Democratic Majority in the Senate to 58 (counting Lieberman's tail).

Best part of the article....'Its concerning':

More than 90 percent of the votes are now counted, and Friday's count of absentee and questioned ballots could have been Stevens' best chance to make a comeback. That's because it included all the ballots left from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, where Stevens has enjoyed his most unwavering support.

There are about 24,000 ballots left to be counted, coming from Anchorage, Southeast Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula. The state will tally them all Tuesday.

Dallas Massie, state Republican Party district chair from Wasilla, in the heart of the Mat-Su, said he thought Friday would be a day Stevens closed the gap. The senator, however, saw Begich's lead grow by more than 200 over the margin the challenger established on Wednesday, when post-Election Day counting of absentee, early and questioned ballots began.

"It's concerning, from my perspective," Massie said.

This will make Georgia the center of the political universe through T-Giving for the odds are better than 50/50 that Franken could prevail in what might turn out to be 20-40 vote victory. But that won't be declared until after the Georgia run off.

If the GOP cannot hang on in Georgia it will be the real story under the story.

Originally posted to RWN on Sat Nov 15, 2008 at 12:21 PM PST.

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