Two groups backing Ted Stevens in race

Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2008

JUNEAU - Ted Stevens, the state's senior U.S. senator, is picking up endorsements in his re-election bid.

The Alaska District Council of Laborers and the Alaska Telephone Association made their backing public on Monday.

The laborers union says Stevens, who was once a member, deserves to be re-elected for his longtime support of the group.

The ATA also backs Stevens. In accepting the endorsement, Stevens touted his own work of expanding communications services throughout the state.

Stevens, who is under federal investigation, is facing one of his toughest elections since taking office in 1968. Six Republicans are challenging him in the Aug. 26 primary though they have little name recognition. Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, a Democrat, is expected to be the challenger in the November general election.

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