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Begich, Murkowski congratulate Obama on his victory

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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 10:35 pm | Updated: 11:54 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS - Alaska’s two U.S. senators issued congratulatory statements late Tuesday about President Obama’s victory over Republican Mitt Romney.

Sen. Mark Begich, like Obama a Democrat, said the two presidential candidates “deserve congratulations for a healthy exchange of ideas.”

“I look forward to continuing to build on the important progress we have made not only on Arctic development, but on other critical Alaska issues like supporting our veterans, balancing the budget, permitting mines and improving education,” Begich said in a news release.

Neither Begich nor his Alaska colleague, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, was on the ballot this year. Begich, who defeated the late Sen. Ted Stevens in 2008, faces re-election in 2014. Murkowski’s term ends in 2016.

Murkowski, in her prepared statement offering congratulations, said the election showed that “Americans want us to work together to solve the difficult problems facing our nation.”

“In his second term, I am hopeful that President Obama will see the value of pragmatism over partisanship,” she said. “Both parties created the challenges we face today, and the solutions can only be found through collaborative efforts—good ideas don’t come with a party label.

“I encourage President Obama and his administration to work with Congress, represent all of America and make a better tomorrow for our nation,” she said.

Begich also commented on the makeup of the U.S. Senate, which remains under Democratic control.

“I am also happy to see that voters have sent common-sense moderates from across the country to join me in the Senate,” he said. “Not only do we share common ground on policies, but we have a like-minded approach of reaching across party lines, rolling up our sleeves, and looking for solutions.”

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