The leaders of both parties of the Senate have indicated that if Stevens wins re-election, they will boot him at the time of his sentencing, which takes place in late January.
Per Best of the Web Today,
- Alaska: Despite his conviction last month of seven corruption counts, Ted Stevens holds a 48.06% to 46.54% lead over Democrat Mark Begich, with 435 out of 438 precincts counted. That is less than a 4,000-vote margin with some 40,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted, but absentees tend to vote GOP. If Stevens leaves the Senate on account of his convictions, a special election would be held within months to fill out his term; state law is unclear as to whether the governor, Republican Sarah Palin, would have the authority to appoint someone to fill the seat in the interim
Besides, from Washington DC she can see a truly foreign land: Delaware!
UPDATE: My bad. Turns out she cannot appoint herself. She has to call for a special election. But she could run .....