ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is again refusing calls to step down now that the Justice Department is asking that the conviction against Ted Stevens be dropped.
Begich, a Democrat, beat Stevens by less than 4,000 votes in the November election.
The election was held just days after Stevens, a Republican, was convicted of seven felonies.
The Justice Department has asked that the conviction be thrown out because of prosecutorial misconduct.
That led to calls from Gov. Sarah Palin and the Alaska Republican Party for Begich to resign and a special election be called.
Begich said "that's not going to happen." He said Palin and state GOP chairman Randy Ruedrich have their own political agenda. His agenda, Begich said, is on the people of Alaska.
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