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August 27, 2008

Stevens survives primary

From the Associated Press:

Alaska Republicans gave U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, currently facing a federal indictment, a primary victory on Tuesday.

It sets up a November election race with possibly the toughest opponent Stevens has ever faced in his 40 years in public office, squaring off against popular Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.

Stevens won his primary with 63 percent of the vote. Begich easily won his Democratic primary over two minor challengers with 91 percent of the vote.

A loud crowd of supporters gathered at Stevens' headquarters, and set off a loud cheer when the first results were announced. When they were posted, Stevens walked closer to the big-screen television, adjusted his glasses and said, "Looks good to me," before flashing a huge grin.

Begich, for his part, and a throng of his sign-carrying supporters walked to the city's convention center. "It's clear to me people want new ideas," Begich said.

Stevens faces trial next month on seven felony charges, and political analysts say these primary results could set the tone for the November vote.