With about a thousandth of the speed of the Iditarod Sled Race, the counting of the ballots goes on in Alaska. And Mark Begich has taken a growing lead over convicted felon Sen. Ted Stevens, which stands at about 800 votes as of early today.
The ballots being counted are mostly early and absentee ballots, which are expected to lean Democratic. As more of them get counted, Begich's lead will likely increase.
The fear, of course, is that the ballots would have been "lost in shipment" or "eaten by the sled dogs", but fortunately that doesn't appear to be the case. There are about 30,000 more ballots to be counted as of late yesterday.