Tuesday, November 18, 2008
by Janet Crain
Ted Stevens, longest serving Senator in the USA, has lost the race for another term. After his conviction for 5 felonies, voters at last decided not to return him to office. Stevens who turned 85 today escaped receiving the boot from his fellow senators on his birthday.
United States Senator from Alaska
December 24, 1968 – present
Served alongside: Ernest Gruening, Mike Gravel, Frank Murkowski, Lisa Murkowski
Ted Stevens, legendary Alaska senator, loses re-election bid after felony conviction
By MICHAEL R. BLOOD , Associated Press
Last update: November 18, 2008 - 7:47 PM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has lost his bid for a seventh term. The longest-serving Republican in the history of the Senate trailed Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich by 3,724 votes after Tuesday's count. That's an insurmountable lead with only about 2,500 overseas ballots left to be counted.
Stevens, who turned 85 Tuesday, also revealed that he will not ask President George W. Bush to give him a pardon for his seven felony convictions.
Democrats now have 58 seats and a real shot at the fillibuster-proof 60 if things go their way in Minnesota and Georgia. Simply put, Barack Obama will begin his presidency with a very muscular majority in the Senate.
Stevens was declared the loser in Alaska on Tuesday night after a two-week-long process of counting nearly 90,000 absentee and early votes from across Alaska. With this victory, Democrat Mark Begich has defeated one of the giants in the U.S. Senate by a 3,724-vote margin, a stunning end to a 40-year Senate career marred by Stevens' conviction on corruption charges a week before the election. The Associated Press called the race Tuesday evening. About 2,500 absentee ballots from overseas remain, but they would not change the outcome of the race.
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