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McConnell reelected; Senate control up for grabs


Sen. Mitch McConnell Associated Press/Photo by Timothy D. Easley

McConnell reelected; Senate control up for grabs

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., won his election against Democratic challenger Amy McGrath in a race that Democrats hoped might be competitive. Going into election night, Republicans held a 53-47 edge in the upper chamber of Congress, but Democrats hoped to flip seven or eight of those seats tonight. They succeeded in Colorado, where former Gov. John Hickenlooper ousted incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner. Democrats also hope to pick up seats in the swing states of Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, and Arizona. In Georgia, both GOP Senate seats are up for grabs because of a special election. GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock are headed to a January runoff there.

Do Republicans have a chance at snagging any Democrats’ seats? GOP candidate Tommy Tuberville defeated incumbent Democrat Sen. Doug Jones for a Republican pickup in Alabama. GOP candidate John James also has an outside shot at Sen. Gary Peters’ seat in Michigan.

Dig deeper: Read Jamie Dean’s analysis of the Senate map heading into the election.

Editor’s Note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

Sen. Cory Gardner (right) and Democratic former Gov. John Hickenlooper after a debate in Denver Associated Press/Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post (file)


Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va.

@kylezim25

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