Republicans Keep Control of Senate

GOP wins key races in Tennessee, Texas, Indiana, Missouri
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2018 6:01 PM CST
Updated Nov 6, 2018 11:37 PM CST
Control of the Senate: Indiana Is a Key Early Race
Republican Mike Braun, left, and Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly at a debate in October in Indianapolis.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, Pool)

Republicans will keep control of the Senate for at least another two years—both CNN and the AP have called it. The GOP went into Tuesday's midterms with a 51-49 advantage, and the party appears to be on track to actually increase that margin. The bad news began early for Democrats when they lost a key race in Indiana: GOP businessman Mike Braun defeated incumbent Joe Donnelly, who had been seen as one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats, reports ABC News. Democrats also lost another seat in North Dakota and failed to flip a vulnerable one in Tennessee. Meanwhile, the GOP's Ted Cruz won in Texas, while the race in Florida was too close to call. Notable if unsurprising winners elsewhere included Republican Mitt Romney in Utah and Democratic incumbent Tim Kaine in Virginia.

More details:

  • Missouri. Republican Josh Hawley defeated Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill by a 55-42 margin, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
  • Tennessee: Republican Marsha Blackburn will keep the seat in GOP hands. She defeated Democrat Phil Bredesen to replace the retiring Bob Corker, a Republican, reports the Hill.
  • Florida: Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson vs. Republican Rick Scott. This is shaping up to be a nail-biter based on partial returns.
  • North Dakota: Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp lost her seat to Republican challenger Kevin Cramer.
  • New Jersey: Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez defeated Republican Bob Hugin, per the AP.
  • West Virginia: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin defeated Republican Patrick Morrisey, reports CNN.
  • Nevada. Incumbent GOP Sen. Dean Heller was defeated by Democrat Jacky Rosen.
Closely watched races in Arizona and Montana are still outstanding. (Read more 2018 midterms stories.)

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