Time zones November 4, 2008 By James Wimberley An idle thought. Will John McCain concede before the polls close in Alaska? This will apparently happen for continental Alaska at midnight Eastern standard time, which is 8p.m. Alaska standard time and 9 pm Pacific standard time. Update The Aleutians close one hour later. If I were him, I’d get it over with, go to bed, and leave his running mate to fend for herself.