Under Connecticut law, Joseph Lieberman can run for both vice president and his third term in the Senate.
If the Democratic ticket wins the White House and Lieberman also wins re-election, he will have to resign his Senate seat. It would fall to Republican Gov. John G. Rowland to appoint someone to fill the seat until the next statewide election in 2002.
Since Rowland could be expected to appoint a Republican, Lieberman's election as vice president could affect Democratic efforts to regain control of the Senate, where the Republicans now hold a 54-46 advantage. His re-election has seemed all but sure: A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed Lieberman supported by 71 percent of respondents, compared with 14 percent for Republican challenger Philip Giordano, the mayor of Waterbury.