STEVENS CONVICTED ON ALL SEVEN COUNTS.

Well the Alaska Senate race was almost certainly decided today:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has been convicted of lying about free home renovations and other gifts he received from a wealthy oil contractor.

The Senate's longest-serving Republican, Stevens was found guilty on all seven counts of making false statements on Senate financial documents.

The verdict throws the upcoming election into disarray. Stevens is fighting off a challenge from Democrat Mark Begich and must now either drop out or continue campaigning as a convicted felon.

It also could doom already-endangered Rep. Don Young, who was making a comeback after falling behind his Democratic challenger Ethan Berkowitz, but who probably needed an acquittal for Stevens to put him over the top (he is closely tied to Stevens and both candidates' ethics problems were linked in voters' minds).

--Sam Boyd

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