Two Weeks after His Election, Associated Press Says Sen. ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has Lost his Seat

In Crime, off-beat, politics, television on November 19, 2008 by Editor Z

Two weeks after the initial election, Alaska’s senior Senator and the longest serving Republican in the U.S Senate Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), is said to have been defeated according to the associated press. The votes have not official been counted by the State Secretary but the future appears to look promising for Ankorage Mayor and Democratic candidate Mark Begich.

ST Petersburg Times:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest serving Republican in Senate history, narrowly lost his re-election bid Tuesday, marking the downfall of a Washington political power and Alaska icon who couldn’t survive a conviction on federal corruption charges. His defeat by Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich moves Senate Democrats within two seats of a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority.

Stevens’ ouster on his 85th birthday marks an abrupt realignment in Alaska politics and will alter the power structure in the Senate, where he has served since the days of the Johnson administration while holding seats on some of the most influential committees in Congress.

The crotchety octogenarian built like a birch sapling likes to encourage comparisons with the Incredible Hulk, but he occupies an outsized place in Alaska history. His involvement in politics dates to the days before Alaska statehood, and he is esteemed for his ability to secure billions of dollars in federal aid for transportation and military projects. The Anchorage airport bears his name; in Alaska, it’s simply “Uncle Ted.”

The guy maybe corrupt, but I have to say his antics will be missed by me.

UPDATE: Today Stevens conceded and decided against a recount.



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