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Walker, Sullivan Claim Final Victory in Election

Bill Walker (left) and Dan Sullivan (right) have taken their respective jobs as Governor and Senator after concessions from their opponents. Photo of Walker: "Walker for Alaska" campaign. Photo of Sullivan: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM.

The long 2014 election season looks to finally be over after the last contested race ended late Monday with Senator Mark Begich’s concession to his opponent, Republican Dan Sullivan.

In a concession statement posted on his campaign website, Begich encouraged Sullivan to adopt a bipartisan resolve in the Senate, stressing the need to work toward a “strong and prosperous rural Alaska.”

The concession followed Governor Sean Parnell’s ceding the governor’s race to independent challenger Bill Walker over the weekend. In a post on his Facebook page, Parnell said continued counting of votes by the Division of Elections made it “clear that while a win for the Parnell-Sullivan ticket was numerically possible, it is highly improbable.” With the swearing-in for the Alaska governor-elect set for Dec. 1, Parnell said “he deemed it in Alaskans’ interest to begin coordinating transition activities now with the Walker-Mallott ticket.”

The final outstanding ballots will be counted by the end of this week. The election should be certified by the end of the month.