Indictment Of Stevens Adds To Bleak GOP Prospects

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Washington (AP) Alaska Senator Ted Stevens is finding little support from fellow GOP members following his indictment on corruption charges.

The Republican has vowed to fight charges that he accepted more than a quarter-million dollars worth of unreported gifts from oil services contractor Veco Corporation. prosecutors say the gifts included extensive work on his Alaska home.

Stevens has gotten little backing from Alaska's Republican governor and no comment from his own GOP leader on Capitol Hill.

The indictment could knock congressional Republicans off message amid their effort to gain traction on calls for more domestic oil production. It also puts Stevens' GOP senate seat at risk.

The 84-year-old Stevens is running for re-election this year.



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