Senate update

Things may turn out better in the Senate than I thought or, conceivably, worse. Ted Stevens is more than 3,000 votes ahead with almost everything counted (frankly, a Stevens victory won’t have me cheering). And in Oregon, Gordon Smith is holding off his Democratic challenger so far. However, in Minnesota Norm Coleman is leading by less than 1,000 votes and there will be a recount. Finally, in Georgia, there still seems to be some possibility of a run-off, though Republican Saxby Chambliss would be favored in that event, having outpolled the Democrat by about 120,000 votes.

If all four of these races somehow were to break in favor of the Dems, they would hold 60 seats. The Republicans best case scenario is 56 seats.

UPDATE: So if Stevens wins and then goes to jail, won’t Sarah Palin get to name a new Senator? It won’t happen, of course, but I’d love to see the reaction if she appointed Todd “First Dude” Palin.

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