GOP Delays Vote to Oust Stevens

GOP senators wait for race to be decided
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Nov 18, 2008 1:18 PM CST
Mark Begich, Anchorage's democratic mayor, now leads Stevens in the race by 1,022 votes.   (AP Photo/Rob Stapelton)
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(Newser) – Senate Republicans will wait until Alaska announces a victor in the still-tight race for Ted Stevens' seat before voting on whether he will be allowed to keep it. The last batch of ballots in the race is expected to be counted today, as the longest-serving conservative senator—who trails by 1,022 votes—turns 85, reports the Anchorage Daily News. GOP senators have been split on when to vote on ousting the convicted felon.

"It's clear there are sufficient votes to pass the resolution regarding Sen. Stevens. The question now is timing," says a Republican senator.