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Stevens: I Haven’t Been Convicted

Sen. Ted Stevens, who was found guilty Monday on seven felony charges related to his failure to disclose gifts from an oil services firm, told the Fairbanks

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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Oct 31, 2008

Sen. Ted Stevens, who was found guilty Monday on seven felony charges related to his failure to disclose gifts from an oil services firm, told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that he has not been convicted of a crime.

The longtime senator, who is up for reelection Tuesday, has been pressured by some national Republicans to bow out of the race. Alaska officials have urged him to fight on.

Earlier this week, Stevens released a statement claiming he is innocent, but he’s taken it a step further with his comments to the News-Miner:

“I’ve not been convicted yet,” Stevens said Thursday in a meeting with the editorial board of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. “There’s not a black mark by my name yet, until the appeal is over and I am finally convicted, if that happens. If that happens, of course I’ll do what’s right for Alaska and for the Senate. … I don’t anticipate it happening, and until it happens I do not have a black mark.”

According to the latest poll, Stevens is down by eight points to his Democratic competitor, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.

But Stevens could still pull it off.  Like Anchorage pollster Ivan Moore told me yesterday, “weirder things have happened in Alaska.”

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