Don Young, Alaska's lone congressman since 1973 but running an uphill re-election campaign for months, appears headed for a surprising upset of Democrat Ethan Berkowitz, the challenger predicted by polls to win Tuesday's contest.
With all but three of Alaska's 438 precincts counted this morning, Young was leading by nearly 17,000 votes. Many absentee and early-ballot votes have yet to be counted. Berkowitz had not conceded late Tuesday, and Young was upbeat.
"I'm feeling very comfortable where we are now," Young said. "I like what I see. The votes are there."
Berkowitz noted that there were many ballots still to be counted.
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"This election is not going to be over for several days, and we're going to fight to the very end," he said.
Before Election Day, even Young's aides said if he won, it would be a remarkable comeback.
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