Worst birthday present ever: Sen. Ted Stevens ousted in Alaska

| 11/19/2008

The U.S. Senator from Alaska whose name became synonymous with “earmarks” has lost his re-election bid according to an official vote count on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The defeat came on Stevens’ 85th birthday.

The Associated Press reported that after 40 years in the Senate, Ted Stevens was upset by Democratic challenger Mark Begich, the mayor of Anchorage. Stevens was the longest-serving Republican in Senate history.

Stevens was recently convicted in federal court for concealing more than $250,000 in gifts and home renovations he received from a company that does oil services work.

He once threatened to quit his Senate job if his colleagues refused to provide more than $200 million for the so-called “bridge to nowhere” that would have connected a tiny Alaskan coastal town with an uninhabited island.

No word yet on whether Stevens will seek a recount after losing by fewer than 4,000 votes.