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Republicans Poised to Hold Senate as Democrats Come Up Short in Several Close Races

HeadlineNov 04, 2020

Control of the Senate is still up for grabs as several key races remain too close to call, but it looks increasingly likely that the Democrats will fall short of their goal of taking control of the Senate. Democrats picked up two seats on Tuesday night: one in Colorado, where former Governor John Hickenlooper defeated Republican Senator Cory Gardner, and one in Arizona, where Democrat Mark Kelly has unseated Republican Senator Martha McSally.

In Alabama, Trump-backed Republican Tommy Tuberville, the former head coach of the Auburn football team, has defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Doug Jones.

Georgia voters cast ballots in two Senate races. Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock will head to a runoff special election in January against Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler. In Georgia’s other Senate race, incumbent Republican David Perdue is leading Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff.

Several Senate races remain too close to call. In Maine, Republican Senator Susan Collins is leading in her bid for reelection. It is Maine’s first election since the state instituted ranked-choice voting. In North Carolina, Republican Thom Tillis is leading over Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham.

Republicans won many of the most high-profile races. In Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell easily defeated Democratic challenger Amy McGrath. In Iowa, Republican Senator Joni Ernst has survived a strong challenge by Theresa Greenfield. Mississippi’s Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith has defeated Democrat Mike Espy, who served as the first African American U.S. agriculture secretary under Bill Clinton. And in South Carolina, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham defeated Democrat Jaime Harrison in the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history. Graham spoke after winning reelection.

Sen. Lindsey Graham: “To all the pollsters out there, you have no idea what you’re doing. And all the liberals in California, New York, you wasted a lot of money. This is the worst return on investment in the history of American politics.”

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