Democrats Keep Senate; Harry Reid Beats Angle

Barbara Boxer, Rand Paul win; Christine O'Donnell, Linda McMahon lose
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 2, 2010 6:09 PM CDT
Updated Nov 2, 2010 11:42 PM CDT
Paul, Rubio, Manchin Win; O'Donnell, McMahon Lose
Bill Clinton smiles as W.Va. Governor Joe Manchin campaigns in Beckley, W.Va., on Monday.   (AP Photo/Jon C. Hancock)

(Newser) – They may have lost the House, but Democrats will keep control of the Senate, barely. In big blue victories to help seal it, Harry Reid held off Sharron Angle in Nevada, while Joe Manchin won in West Virginia and Barbara Boxer in California. Earlier, Rand Paul (Kentucky), Marco Rubio (Florida), and Mike Lee (Utah) racked up tea party victories, but Christine O'Donnell couldn't overtake Democrat Chris Coons in Delaware. Elsewhere:

  • Democrat Richard Blumenthal defeated Linda McMahon in Connecticut.
  • Republicans have flipped six seats: John Boozman beat incumbent Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas, and Ron Johnson beat incumbent Russ Feingold in Wisconsin, while Dan Coats (Indiana), John Hoeven (North Dakota), and Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania) won open seats. (Toomey beat Joe Sestak.) In Illinois, Mark Kirk took President Obama's old seat.
  • Republican David Vitter fended off a tough challenge from Rep. Charlie Melancon in Louisiana.

  • Roy Blunt (Missouri) and Rob Portman (Ohio) won open seats being vacated by Republicans.
  • South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint trounced Alvin Greene, who shocked his party by winning the primary as a complete unknown.
  • Some incumbents re-elected: Democrats Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Republicans John McCain of Arizona and Richard Shelby of Alabama.
  • New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte, in her first run for office, took the Senate seat that was held by retiring Republican Judd Gregg.
(Read more Rand Paul stories.)

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