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 Peter BegichAlaska political mess has legislators divided over meeting place Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop Lobbying world 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