Stevens LOSES Senate Race!

Amanda Carpenter
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Posted: Nov 18, 2008 9:21 PM
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Mark Begich (D.), Alaska's newest senator

Ted Stevens, the Senate longest serving Republican, has LOST his Senate race to Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.

Begich beat Stevens by 3,724 votes, according to the Associated Press. This is not the final tally, but Begich's lead is now considered insurmountable for Stevens to overcome.

Stevens's loss comes weeks after he was found guilty on seven counts for making false statements about gifts received from VECO Corporation, as Alaskan oil fields contractor. 

This loss brings the Democrats one seat closer to an attainable, filibuster-proof 60 seat majority.

Two more Senate contests remain to be decided that could flip from red to blue. Norm Coleman is facing a recount against Al Franken in Minnesota and Saxby Chambliss is in a run-off race against Jim Martin in Georgia.

If the Democrats win both races they will have 60 seats, including Independent senators Joe Lieberman and Bernie Sanders.