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    Thumbs up Ted Stevens loses re election to Senate

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — 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."

    Tuesday's tally of just over 24,000 absentee and other ballots gave Begich 150,728, or 47.76 percent, to 147,004, or 46.58 percent, for Stevens. There are about 2,500 overseas ballots yet to be counted.

    A recount is possible. If the vote differential between the two candidates is more than 0.5 percent, either side can seek a recount if it posts a bond of about $15,000 to pay for a new tally.
    Begich said the defining issue in the race was the desire for a new direction in Washington, not Stevens' legal problems.
    Alaska voters "wanted to see change," he told reporters in Anchorage. "Alaska has been in the midst of a generational shift _ you could see it."

    Stevens' campaign didn't immediately respond to phone calls seeking comment.

    Stevens' loss was another slap for Republicans in a year that has seen the party lose control of the White House, as well as seats in the House and Senate. It also moves Democrats one step closer to the 60 votes needed to overcome filibusters in the Senate and gives President-elect Barack Obama a stronger hand when he assumes office on Jan. 20.

    Democrats now hold 58 seats, when two independents who align with Democrats are included, with undecided races in Minnesota and Georgia where two Republicans are trying to hang onto their seats.
    Democrats have now picked up seven Senate seats in the Nov. 4 election.

    "With seven seats and counting now added to the Democratic ranks in the Senate, we have an even stronger majority that will bring real change to America," Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a statement.
    The climactic count came after a series of tumultuous days for a senator who has been straddling challenges to his power both at home and in his trial in Washington. Notwithstanding all that turmoil, Stevens revealed Tuesday that he will not ask President George W. Bush to give him a pardon for his seven felony convictions.
    Stevens' future was murky at a time when newly elected members of both the House and Senate were on Capitol Hill for heady receptions, picture-taking sessions and orientation this week. Stevens, speaking earlier Tuesday in Washington, said he had no idea what his life would be like in January, when the 111th Congress convenes.

    "I wouldn't wish what I'm going through on anyone, my worst enemy," he lamented to reporters. "I haven't had a night's sleep for almost four months."

    Last month just days before the election, Stevens was convicted by a federal jury in Washington of lying on Senate disclosure forms to conceal more than $250,000 in gifts and home renovations from an oil field services company.
    His defeat could also allow Republican senators to sidestep the task of determining whether to kick out the longest serving member of their party in the Senate.

    When counting resumed Tuesday, 1,022 votes divided the candidates out of about 300,000 ballots cast. Most of the those votes came from areas that had favored Begich _ the Anchorage vicinity and the southeastern panhandle around Juneau.

    It is a testament to Stevens' popularity _ he was once named "Alaskan of the Century" _ that he won nearly half the votes, even after his conviction. He routinely brought home the highest number of government dollars per capita in the nation _ more than $9 billion in 2006 alone, according to one estimate.

    With Stevens gone "it's a big gap in dollars _ billions of dollars _ that none of the other members of the delegation, Begich, whoever, could fill," said Gerald McBeath, chair of the political science department at University of Alaska Fairbanks. "There is no immediate replacement for him."

    Following the trial Stevens said he wanted another term "because I love this land and its people" and vowed to press on with an appeal. Professing his innocence, he blamed his legal problems on his former friend Bill Allen, the founder and former chairman of VECO Corp., the government's star witness.

    In a state where oil and politics have always mixed, the conviction came as part of a long-running investigation into government corruption centered around VECO.

    Begich will be the first Democrat to represent Alaska in the Senate in nearly 30 years. He is the son of Nick Begich, Alaska's third congressman, who died in a plane crash 1972 while running for re-election.

    Stevens' lawyer demanded a speedy trial, hoping for exoneration in time to fight the first serious threat to his seat in decades. But the trial in Washington not only left Stevens a felon, it deprived him of time to campaign in his home state.

    Stevens refused pleas from his own party leaders to step down after the verdict, including Sen. John McCain, the GOP presidential nominee who said the Alaska senator had "broken his trust with the people."
    Stevens' fall came shortly after another Alaskan, Gov. Sarah Palin, emerged as a national figure on the Republican presidential ticket. She had called for Stevens to step aside at one point, but appeared to back away from that the day after the election when returns showed Stevens with an edge.

    "The people of Alaska just spoke," she said.

    Stevens loses Alaska Senate race

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    HA HA HA, wonder if Sarah was crying in her non-alchoholic warm cider after hearing the news. I really think she thought she was going to slip right into that Senate spot.
    as privileged as a whore...victims in demand for public show, swept out through the cracks beneath the door, holier than thou, how?

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    LMAO, I was watching this on the news last night with my 13yo, it was his birthday too, and he said "I share my birthday with a moose-eating crook?!"
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    Maybe the series of tubes that is the internet will save him
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    Nelson Munce voice "Ha-Ha!"

    Sorry about the kiddo Greys, sucky to share his day with that!

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    He shouldn't have been allowed to run.

    A convicted felon, 7 times over. Dirty.

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    The really sick part IMO is the SOB gets $122,000 a year plus cost of living adjs for the rest of his sorry life and WE have to pay him because he didn't get convicted of the specific felonies listed on the reform act they passed. Seems to me that ALL felony convictions should forfeit all rights to any pension.
    as privileged as a whore...victims in demand for public show, swept out through the cracks beneath the door, holier than thou, how?

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    I'm happy Stevens lost, but a part of me wanted to see Palin get a chance to go the Senate. We need somebody to laugh at for the next four years.

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    It would have ultimated exposed her for the stupid she is and scuttled her chances for a run in 2012...

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    True. And Palin has to run against Obama in 2012, so he can get another landslide win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    I'm happy Stevens lost, but a part of me wanted to see Palin get a chance to go the Senate. We need somebody to laugh at for the next four years.
    A pox upon your house for uttering such a thought. I truly thought Stevens would win and Sarah would annoint ---errrr --- appoint herself and bring her down homeyness to the capital along with her gaggle of offspring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    I'm happy Stevens lost, but a part of me wanted to see Palin get a chance to go the Senate. We need somebody to laugh at for the next four years.
    dont worry, McCain will be running again in 2010
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    Quote Originally Posted by MontanaMama View Post
    A pox upon your house for uttering such a thought. I truly thought Stevens would win and Sarah would annoint ---errrr --- appoint herself and bring her down homeyness to the capital along with her gaggle of offspring.


    Quote Originally Posted by msdebagain View Post
    dont worry, McCain will be running again in 2010
    But McCain doesn't have Palin's trademarked brand of stupidity.

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    What scares me is how many people actually voted for this guy to the point where it took this long to figure out who won. Even though Mark Begich finally won, he's got to feel kind of bummed out that Stevens, an 85 year old convicted felon, did almost as well.

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    Zackly. How DID this guy get so many votes? His conviction came prior to Election Day - does nobody in Alaska get a paper or watch TV? Is the internet a week behind up there? No offense to literate Alaskans, but come on!@!!!!!

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