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Old 09-01-2008, 12:23 PM
Location: Tennessee
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These are not trick questions. I really don't know the answers.

1. If Obama/Biden win in November or if McCain wins, how are their Senate seats filled? Does it work the same way in each state or does each state have their own procedure for replacing a US Senator?

a) Do they hold special elections in Illinois, Arizona and Delaware?
b) Is someone appointed by the Governor to finish out their Senate terms?
c) Do their Senate seats remain empty until the next election year?

2) If special elections have to be held in each state, are there any rumors as to who would be most likely to win their Senate seats? I'm curious if a Republican is likely to replace a Democrat or vice versa in each of the 3 states.

3) How does it work with their Senate committees?

a) Does Harry Reid decide who gets their committee jobs?
b) Is there some kind of Senate vote for the Committee jobs?
c) Does all of the Senate get reshuffled to new committees when there are vacancies to fill?

4) My assumption is if McCain/Palin win, the Lt. Governor finishes out Palin's term. Would that be right? Who is the Lt Governor of Alaska? Is it someone Palin ran with on a single ticket when she was elected or is it someone who ran their own campaign for Lt Governor? (Note: I know how it worked in MD but I just don't know if the procedure is the same in every state)

Any info is appreciated.
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