Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Race for Alaska

One seat still in the running has Alaska Senator Ted Stevens leading Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich by just over 3000 votes. However, absentee ballots have yet to be counted and officials must wait until Nov. 19th to receive them. However, even if Senator does come out on top, there is that pesky felony conviction hanging over his head.

While I certainly won't be shedding any tears to see one of the Senate's pork champions and his career corruption out of Washington, it is unclear (assuming he holds on to his lead) how the seat would be filled. If (when) his seat were to be vacated, Alaska law requires a special election within 60 days, but there is no definite answer as to whether Governor Palin gets to appoint anyone in the interim.

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