Republicans Take Control Of U.S. Senate

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CBS NEWS – Results of the midterm elections so far suggest the night is shaping up well for Republicans, according to the CBS News decision desk.

The GOP has picked up two key Senate seats previously held by Democrats, in Colorado and Arkansas, and has held onto two key seats in Kansas and Georgia.

The Republican Party needs to pick up six seats in the Senate to take control of the chamber for the first time since 2006. Control of the Senate will be determined by the outcome of nine competitive races: Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Iowa, Kansas, Alaska, Louisiana, Colorado and Arkansas.

Meanwhile, in Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is projected to defeat his Democratic challenger, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Should he win a sixth term in office and Republicans win control of the Senate, McConnell may also become the Senate’s next majority leader.

Additionally, the CBS News decision desk now projects that the GOP will keep control of the House, with a 226 to 171 majority.

Most of the competitive governor’s races remain hotly contested, even though polls began closing at 7 p.m. ET. But CBS News projects that Republican Scott Walker has won re-election as Wisconsin governor in his third election in the last four years. He was first elected in 2010, and then faced a recall election in 2012 after he moved to strip Wisconsin public workers of their collective bargaining rights. In Georgia, Republican Gov. Nathan Deal is projected to defeat Democrat Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter.

In Arkansas, the CBS News decision desk is projecting that Republican Rep. Tom Cotton will defeat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, giving Republicans their first major Senate pick-up of the night. Republicans are projected to score another major victory in Colorado, where Rep. Cory Gardner is projected to defeat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall.

In a victory for Democrats, incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire is projected to win re-election, defeating Republican Scott Brown.

In what’s sure to be a relief for Republicans, incumbent GOP Sen. Pat Roberts is projected to defeat his independent challenger Greg Orman. The race became unexpectedly close after the Democratic challenger dropped out of the race, leaving Orman as the main contender against Roberts.

Republican scored another victory in Georgia, where David Perdue is projected to win the Senate race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, after a close contest against Democrat Michelle Nunn.

Democrats had high hopes for Nunn, and earlier in the evening, the demographics of the Georgia electorate appeared to be in her favor. About 30 percent of the electorate Tuesday was African-American, the same as in 2012, and they broke 93 percent to 6 percent for Nunn.

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  • Honey Badger

    Finally, the American people have realized what the oBamessiah and his minions have done to this country. Now we can begin the process of repairing the damage done over the last six years!

  • Marie

    Americans will be Free to Fly our American Flags, and Wear a Cross for a few more years. But we must be Vigilant. The wolves Are Still in the Shadows.

  • Justin

    People are sick of the “entitlement” culture that has prospered among the lazies and illegals in this nation, and Obama who coddles those folks at our expense. This was spoken very loudly and clearly last night. Good riddance libtards.

  • Sarah 4.0

    Congratulations Republicans! I know you worked hard for your victory and I applaud your effort. I look forward to seeing what the next few years bring. Again, congratulations!


    It just seems to me the Republicans just played off people’s fear. People are moved more by fear. Threats of Isis and illegals taking over this country are a joke. The country is in decent shape now no thanks to the republicans and the only freedoms they’ll be fighting for is for only those that call themselves Christians. Funny how the Republicans didn’t want a minimum wage increase yet the people of Arkansas voted to increase the minimum wage and at the same time voted more Republicans in office. I don’t get it. This is a sad day for the Americans who know what it’s like to struggle for a living. We would all like to think we’re in the middle class when in actuality most of us have no savings and are a few missed payments from being homeless. The Democrats actually hurt themselves by shying away from Obama. They needed Black and Hispanic votes and probably would’ve recieved more if they wouldn’t have shied away from him. Get ready for a lawless Government and another war with another third world country.

    • Sarah 4.0

      Elephas-Is that you?

      I agree with every single word! Kudos to you.

      To add – Al Gore kept Bill away in 1999 and he paid a price. Mark did the same thing and it obviously hurt his re-election.

    • Arnold fudpucker

      Same old demoncrat fear mongering and pitting one group against the other. Why is it you libs always, and I mean alway,s start up the scare the old folks and women scheme everytime? You should fear yourself for being so stale.

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