Election 2008

Filling The Seat The New President Leaves Behind

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No matter who wins — Barack Obama or John McCain — somebody will have to fill his Senate seat— and maybe Joe Biden's — and Alaska could get a new governor. Guest Host Alison Stewart speaks with NPR's Political Editor Ken Rudin about what is likely to happen.

Correction Oct. 27, 2008

We incorrectly said that if Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens were to be convicted and resign from the Senate, someone could be appointed to fill his seat. In fact, the governor cannot appoint a replacement. A ballot measure in Alaska passed in 2004 requires the governor to call a special election 60 to 90 days after a vacancy occurs.



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