Indictments Be Damned, Stevens Wins Alaska Primary

Republican wins primary easily, despite federal charges against him
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 27, 2008 7:19 AM CDT
Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, is surrounded by media as he walks from the election night headquarters in Anchorage, Alaska Tuesday after winning the Republican nomination for the US Senate.    (Al Grillo)
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(Newser) – Alaska’s Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, may be facing federal charges, but he’ll also be running for re-election after drawing 63% of the vote in his primary race yesterday, reports the AP. And, says Stevens, 84, his upcoming fight with popular Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich will be a “piece of cake” despite his scheduled September trial.

Begich easily won the Democratic primary over two minor challengers with 91% of the vote. In last month's indictment, federal prosecutors allege Stevens lied on Senate disclosure reports to conceal more than $250,000 in home renovations and gifts from executives at an oil services contractor. Stevens has pleaded not guilty, and his trial in Washington starts Sept. 22.