Obama's Transition

IN BRIEF

November 20, 2008|By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES

Stevens concedes, thanks his supporters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska: Sen. Ted Stevens conceded the election for U.S. Senate to Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich yesterday, bringing to an end his 40 years as the dominant force in Alaska politics and the longest-serving Republican in Senate history. Stevens' office issued a written statement congratulating Begich, a Democrat who ran as a change candidate in the face of federal ethics charges against the man many Alaskans call "Uncle Ted." "My family and I wish to thank the thousands of Alaskans who stood by us and who supported my re-election," Stevens said in a statement. A week before the election, a Washington, D.C., jury convicted the 85-year-old Stevens of seven felonies for lying on his financial disclosure forms about more than $250,000 in gifts.

Hand recount begins in tight Minn. Senate race

ST. PAUL, Minn.: City and county workers across Minnesota began a laborious recount yesterday of more than 2.9 million ballots in the tight U.S. Senate contest between incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken. They have until Dec. 5 to complete the job. The Minnesota recount is required under state law because the votes cast for Coleman and Franken differed by less than one-half of 1 percent. Coleman's 215-vote lead heading into the recount translated to 0.008 percent. Minnesota's race looms large in the Washington power struggle. Depending on another undecided contest in Georgia, the Minnesota outcome could determine whether Democrats attain a 60-seat majority that would enable them to overcome Republican filibusters.

Final results give Mo.'s electoral votes to McCain

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.: Republican John McCain has defeated President-elect Barack Obama in Missouri - the last state to be decided in the 2008 presidential election. McCain's narrow victory over Obama breaks a bellwether streak in which Missourians had picked the winning presidential candidate in every election since 1956. With all jurisdictions reporting complete but unofficial results, McCain led Obama by 3,632 votes yesterday out of more than 2.9 million cast - a margin of 0.12 percentage points. Both men spent considerable resources trying to win Missouri, a state that Obama ultimately did not need for his national victory. Obama won 365 electoral votes. Missouri's 11 electoral votes will give McCain 173.

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