Democrats are assured of retaining their U.S. Senate majority after Republicans lost seats in Indiana, Massachusetts and Maine, and Democrats held on to crucial seats in Virginia and Missouri.
Bloomberg reports that in Virginia, Democrat Tim Kaine beat Republican George Allen, a Republican, in a race that has mirrored the presidential campaign in polls. Allen lost the Senate seat six years ago to Democrat Jim Webb, who is retiring after one term.
Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly, a congressman, defeated Republican Richard Mourdock, who in May ousted six-term incumbent Richard Lugar in a primary vote. Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown lost to Democrat Elizabeth Warren.
'We have defied the odds, we have won the night, and we will have a Democratic majority', Senator Patty Murray of Washington, who heads Senate Democrats’ campaign efforts, told supporters Tuesday.
Democrats control the Senate 53-47. Republicans needed to pick up four net seats to gain a majority. The electoral landscape was supposed to favor Republicans, who were defending 10 seats compared with 23 Democratic seats on the ballot this year.
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