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Alaska: timing is everything in the trial and possible replacement of Ted Stevens

The Washington Post reports: Alaska's Republican voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether a pair of GOP incumbents with a combined 75 years in Congress should continue to be the dominant figures in state politics as they battle criminal investigations.

Sen. Ted Stevens, who was indicted last month on charges of failing to disclose favors from a wealthy supporter, and Rep. Don Young, who is facing multiple ethics investigations, face younger Republicans who contend that it's time for Alaska to move beyond the scandals that have plagued the state. ...

The Stevens race presents Republicans with the most delicate problem. Charged with failing to report more than $250,000 in gifts from former Veco chief executive Bill Allen Jr., Stevens is slated to go on trial Sept. 22. If he wins Tuesday's primary, Stevens would face a tough general-election battle against Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) but would have to spend most of the final days of the campaign in a D.C. federal court. Prosecutors and defense attorneys have said they expect the case to take at least four weeks before it goes to a jury.

Marc Elias, a Democratic election lawyer, said Republicans would have until mid-September under Alaska law to replace Stevens on the ballot if he wins the primary. Otherwise, they face the prospect of having a convicted felon on the ballot Nov. 4. -- Alaskans Vote Today in Pivotal Republican Primaries - washingtonpost.com

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