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D.C. Finally Gets a Vote

Finally, the people of the District of Columbia are getting a vote in congressional elections.

In the coming days, a dozen D.C. residents will have a big say in deciding who will represent Alaska in the Senate over the next six years. If they acquit Sen. Ted Stevens in his trial, the 84-year-old Republican is likely to win another term. If they convict him on the corruption-related charges, his Democratic opponent, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, will probably get the seat.

"It's all about what happens in the trial," Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, the head of the Republicans' Senate campaign effort, said over breakfast at the National Press Club yesterday morning. If "he is found innocent, I think that he will win that election up there," Ensign said. "If it goes the other way, obviously, it really won't matter what happens in the election."

Now what was that about taxation without representation?

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-- Dana Milbank

By Dana Milbank  | October 22, 2008; 1:49 AM ET
 
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