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Palin won't say how she'll vote (Updated)

From Sean Cockerham in Anchorage --

Sarah Palin's call on Ted Stevens to step down has raised the question:

Who is Palin supporting in the Senate race? Democrat Mark Begich?

The Republican vice presidential nominee won't say. Here's what Palin told a Toledo, Ohio, television reporter during an interview yesterday.

"I have asked for him to resign also and even if he's elected on Tuesday and even after that because that allows for a special election in Alaska. It will allow Alaska a real clear choice. I've never told people who I voted for before because I see that as a very precious freedom in our country; free and fair elections that allow us to cast a secret ballot behind the voting booth curtain. So that's the way I want to keep it."

A reader correctly points out that Palin actually does sometimes tell people how she'll vote.

Palin told reporters she'd vote no in the August primary election on Ballot Measure 4 (which sought to limit mining discharges into streams). The measure failed, and its proponents said Palin was one of the big reasons why.

Palin also endorsed her lieutenant governor, Sean Parnell, in his unsuccessful challenge of Congressman Don Young in the primary.

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