The Alaska Division of Elections will count roughly 50,000 of the outstanding ballots in its statewide elections Wednesday, potentially bringing closure to the state's close Senate race.

Sen. Ted Stevens (R) leads Anchorage Mayor Mark BegichMark Peter BegichDem governors on 2020: Opposing Trump not enough Dem Begich concedes Alaska governor race to Republican Dunleavy Democrats gain governorships in red states MORE (D) by 3,257 votes going into today's count. Stevens had been considered at a disadvantage to win reelection after being convicted October 27 in a D.C. federal court of seven felony counts of making false statements.

On Monday, the Alaska elections agency said there were 70,000 ballots left to be counted, including absentee ballots and early voters' ballots. The state has until November 19th to count and review all ballots.

Should Stevens maintain his lead, his fate in the Senate may still be jeopardized. Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSenate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees Harry Reid knocks Ocasio-Cortez's tax proposal: Fast 'radical change' doesn't work Overnight Defense: Trump rejects Graham call to end shutdown | Coast Guard on track to miss Tuesday paychecks | Dems eye Trump, Russia probes | Trump talks with Erdogan after making threat to Turkey's economy MORE (D-Nev.) has indicated that Stevens should not be allowed to take his seat.

-Michael O'Brien