Ted Stevens gets to go home an pack his striped jammies instead of having to worry about all that Senator stuff.
[Update – 19/11/2008 4:30pm ET] – Ted Stevens Concedes election to Mark Begich.
Anchorage Daily News has this:
ANCHORAGE, AK – Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) today released the following statement regarding his campaign and the most recent vote tallies in Alaska:
“Given the number of ballots that remain to be counted, it is apparent the election has been decided and Mayor Begich has been elected.”
AKMuckRaker enjoys the moment when Alaska elected a Democratic Senator for the first time in thirty years:
That means that my red red state isn’t so red anymore. We have just elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate for the first time in 30 years! OK, I know….it took running against a seven time convicted felon to do it, and it was still really really close… but nobody better snow on my parade!
Of course he gets to collect his pension in jail, but at least he doesn’t get to collect his pension in jail while still being a Senator.
Stevens was (past tense) the longest-sitting Republican in the Senate, and he’s been replaced by a 46-year-old popular Anchorage mayor who could be there for a long time as well. Ex-Senator Stevens fortunately has already met his future cell-mate and is already warming up to him.
At least as interesting is the crashing of Sarah Palin’s hopes of a Senate seat in the special election that otherwise would have been held after convicted felon Stevens had to take time off for licence plate duty.
Sorry, Sarah. I guess it’s the book tour for you.