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Ted Stevens Found Guilty on All Counts

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(WASHINGTON) — 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.

The election being thrown into “disarray” is a polite way to put it. Obviously, we’ll want to get Ivan Moore or Rasmussen out into the field ASAP. But it’s hard to imagine Stevens having more than a snowball’s chance in hell of hanging onto his seat. In some ways, the 12 jurors in Washington may have been the first voters of the 2008 election.

Nate Silver is the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.

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