Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has been found guilty on felony charges in his corruption trial, concluding a multiple-year investigation and prosecution of the Alaska political icon.

Stevens, 82, is the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. Senate, having taken office in December of 1968.

The verdict comes just over a week before a hotly-contested reelection bid by Stevens against Anchorage Mayor Mark BegichMark BegichThe future of the Arctic 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map Trump campaign left out of Alaska voter guide MORE (D), who had been locked in a virtual dead heat against the Alaska icon.

Polls showed Begich leading by a wider margin after Stevens's initial indictment this summer. Stevens had engaged in the politically risky strategy of pushing for a trial and verdict before Election Day.

-Michael O'Brien