Ted Stevens loses Senate seat
Alaska GOP Senator Ted Stevens has lost his bid for a seventh Senate term, the Associated Press reported. Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the United States Senate, has until tonight held his seat since 1968.
Democratic opponent Mark Begich, mayor of Anchorage, had an insurmountable lead of 3,724 votes in Tuesday's tally, with only 2,500 left to be counted.
On October 27, 85-year-old Stevens was convicted of seven felony counts of violating the Ethics in Government Act in connection with failure to report gifts and services worth over $250,000 received between 1999 and 2006 from Alaska oil services contractor VECO. Even if he had returned to Washington, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) had already said on Nov. 1 that Sen. Stevens would be subject to an ethics investigation followed by ejection.
On Nov. 12, the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza took a guess during an appearance on MSNBC's Countdown that the Republican Party would prefer that Stevens not be re-elected: "I think they want a clean break with the last eight years," he said, "and they would almost rather--I don't say they would rather--but I think it is a debate whether they want Senator Stevens back or not."
Stevens has said he will not be asking outgoing President Bush for a pardon.