GOP Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska was dealt a critical blow from his Democratic rival Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich. However, this defeat adds to the heat that has been placed upon Stevens back in late October. Back in October, Stevens was convicted
of the falsification of statements of receiving several thousands of dollars worth of gifts.
He could possibly face the maximum sentence of thirty-five years in prison. But, it did not deter Stevens from running for reelection. Stevens had called forth for supporters to support him for the reelection bid.
During that time, GOP presidential nominee Senator John McCain had called Stevens to step down.
At the Republican Governors Association meeting in Miami, Florida, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal made references to Stevens in regards to corruption.
After US Election Day on November 4, the Alaska Senate race was not even close to being finished.
With the counting of both early voting and absentee ballots, it has put Begich in the lead over Stevens.
So far, it seems that Begich can cement his victory. But, there are still a few thousand votes that need to be counted.
However, the cement has not yet dried into concrete. The victory should be finalized next week.
humbled and honored to serve Alaska in the United States Senate,” Begich said.
However, the votes are still being counted. Anything can still happen between now and next week.
Should Begich’s victory be concrete, the Democrats will be close to the “Magic 60” needed in the US Senate. However, Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York feels that getting the Magic 60 is highly unlikely. He said it was a possibility but not very likely to happen.
But, he does say that the Democrats can get a lot done with being close to the Magic 60.
The US Senate races in Minnesota and Georgia are not done yet. That would mean there are still two US Senate seats up for grabs.
Despite the convictions against Stevens and the current stage of the Alaska Senate Race, there are many that still have plenty of good things to say about him.
Mike Bradner, the former Democratic speaker of the Alaska state House praised Stevens for water and sewer systems for the villages in Alaska. Stevens was praised by supporters bringing up how he used the money to help with the state.
However, this is still not the end.
There is the possibility that Stevens can be ejected from the GOP conference. GOP Senators are set to discuss the possibility.