Alaska reelects 84 year old convicted felon

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    if alaskans want to be represented by a corrupt politician, so be it. i think theyre idiots for doing so, but thats just my opinion.

    if the indictment holds, he'll be kicked out of the senate anyways.
     
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    Yeah,I think the way they saw it was to keep the seat red, everyone knows he will prob get kicked out
     
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    if they wanted that, they should have voted against him in the primary, right?
     
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    Wasn't he convicted after the primary?
     
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    There are two points to be made here. First off, he may yet be aquitted on appeal. But that isn't the main reason many Alaskans chose to support him despite the felony conviction.

    Alaska is a very red state. By electing Stevens over the Democrat, if his conviction is upheld and he must resign, then Gov. Palin will be the one to choose his replacement. I'm not 100% positive on this, but I'm pretty certain that would be the scenario. She obviously would choose a Republican.

    So, even with his conviction, there was logical reasoning to vote for Stevens if you were a Republican.
     
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    he was under investigation during the primary i believe. so people knew what was going on. (but my memory could be off here)
     
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    Correct, the Governor will appoint the next seat which will immediately be up for re-election. In this case, the replacement will only serve 2 years instead of the full 6 year term. But there is no law that a felony can't be a Senator. So I'm not entirely sure if he will get removed.

    But besides that, I find it very uncomforting that people will vote for a convicted felony and corrupted official for political means. I hear a lot of people blaming politicians, and yet they get re-elected. Not sure what this says about Alaskan people or the public in general.
     
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    Yes, there was a resaon to vote for Stevens.

    The way I understand it: Palin can assume Stevens' seat if she chooses. So if Stevens gets convicted (regardless of whether or not he ever spends a day behind bars) I think Palin will take his seat.

    That lady is going to be POTUS, in due time.
     
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    Somehow I doubt that many voters actually thought it through like that. That requires a lot of critical thought, and logical reasoning. It's not often we see that in large voter bases.

    It seems more partisan motivated to me. Almost like the thinking was "I'd rather vote for a republican felon, than a democrat".

    I could be wrong though. I'd be very pleased to know that voters actually put that much thought into their vote, though.
     

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