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Alaska races for governor, senator to hinge on absentee ballots
Alaska races for governor, senator to hinge on absentee ballots

Alaska independent Bill Walker maintained a slim lead in the governor's race over incumbent Republican Sean Parnell on Wednesday, while Democratic Sen. Mark Begich trailed Republican challenger Dan Sullivan after a fierce campaign in which Begich sought to distance himself from President Obama. But with absentee ballots and some early ballots yet to be counted, both races remained too close to call.  With 100% of the precincts reporting, Walker had 48% of the vote to Parnell's 46.6% -- a 3,165-vote lead out of nearly 224,000 cast. Sullivan had 49% to Begich's 45.3%, and a lead of 8,149 votes. Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 14, and...

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