November 18th, 2008
10:58 AM ET
7 years ago

An unhappy birthday for Stevens?

 Steven turns 85 Tuesday.

Steven turns 85 Tuesday.

(CNN) - It may not be the happiest of birthday's for Ted Stevens. As the longtime Republican Senator from Alaska marks his 85th birthday, he's fighting for his political life.

Stevens was convicted last month of seven felony counts in federal court.

He's locked in a re-election battle with his Democratic challenger, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich. Two weeks after election day, the vote counting in Alaska continues. Begich currently leads Stevens by 1,022 votes in the fight for Steven's seat, which he's held for 40 years. Some 24,000 votes remain to be counted, as well as absentee ballots from overseas. The results may not be made final until the first week of December.

Back in Washington, Senate Republicans today could vote to expel Stevens from their ranks. This after a move by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, to force a vote on ousting Stevens from the GOP conference, which would strip him of his committee assignments if he survives his campaign battle and is re-elected.

Stevens is trying to become the first person awaiting felony sentencing to ever get elected or re-elected to the Senate. A federal jury found him guilty of lying about gifts and work on his Alaska home. Stevens says he's innocent and will appeal.

UPDATE: Moments after the GOP senators' meeting began Tuesday, DeMint announced he would put off the vote until after Alaska announces the final tally of the close election. An unofficial tally could come Tuesday night.

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soundoff (281 Responses)
  1. Mike, RSM, CA

    A convicted felon should not be able to run for office – what are people thinking when voting for this guy. There needs to be term limits in every elected office – this guy breeds corruption. In office for 40 years – a dis-service to the American people.

    November 18, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Louie Paez

    This speaks volumes about Alaska. Florida in 2000 wasn't as screwed up as Alaska's voting system. That this thief is still in contention for the senate seat says that there are a lot of mentally challenged voters in that state. That Sarah Palin can use her office to persecute people and get away with it makes me shudder to think what she would have done as Vice President.

    November 18, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Nathan,

    A convicted felon can't vote in a senate election but a convicted felon can run in a senate election. What a country.

    November 18, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. sick n tired

    When I look at this old crooked clown only one thing comes to mind. TERM LIMITS!

    November 18, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. DB25

    Better hope Stevens doesn't win – we don't need to see Palin in the Senate not knowing what going on, trying to cause a bunch of commotion....the only thing she's good at.

    November 18, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Scott NYC Independent

    Please he has had many others with illegal donations and kickbacks that were even more costly and grand.

    November 18, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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