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Election Results: Republicans Win the House and the Senate

by Countable | 11.8.16

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While Donald Trump's upset victory is getting all of the attention, there was also an intense battle going on for control of Congress. With election results now in, Republicans will maintain control of the House and the Senate.

Democrats had a shot at taking the Senate back from Republicans on Tuesday night, but was only able to grab two seats from GOP control. Here’s how the battle for the Senate played out:

The New Hampshire race was the closest in the country and results were not finalized until Wednesday evening. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) conceded her reelection race to Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) according to the AP, after a incredibly close race that came down to just hundreds of votes. Ayotte is one of only two incumbent senators to lose their seat during the 2016 elections, after Sen. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL). Kirk, widely regarded to be the most vulnerable senator up for reelection this year, lost his seat to Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL).

The Senate next year will stand at 51 seats for Republicans and 48 for Democrats. The only outstanding race is in Louisiana, which holds an all-party primary on Election Day, but won’t hold the general election until December. Republicans are likely to win that seat, but the second-place finisher on Tuesday was a Democrat, giving them a chance at an upset. Republican John Kennedy will face Democrat Foster Campbell on Dec. 10.

Meanwhile, in a surprise victory, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), another of the most vulnerable senators this cycle, won reelection, defeating former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) for the second time. Over in Indiana, Republicans will retain their seat after Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) defeated former Gov. Evan Bayh (D) to replace retiring Sen. Dan Coats. In Nevada, Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto defeated Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV), for retiring Sen. Harry Reid's (D-NV) seat. And in California, Attorney General Kamala Harris (D), who had the backing of retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), President Obama and other major Democrats, defeated Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA). (California has a top-two primary system, in which the two highest vote-getters, regardless of party face off in the general election).

It appears to be incumbents' night in the Senate. Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Richard Burr (R-NC), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Hoeven (R-ND), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), John McCain (R-AZ), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Patty Murray (D-WA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Rob Portman (R-OH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Brian Schatz (D-HI) Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tim Scott (R-SC), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), John Thune (R-SD), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) have all won reelection.

All 435 members of the House are up for reelection as well. With results still pouring in, Republicans now control 239 seats, while Democrats hold 193, according to the New York Times. Republicans will maintain control of the House, but Democrats could pick up a few seats.

Of note in the House: House speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has won reelection. He'll still face a leadership election later this year, in which House Republicans will decide whether or not to keep him on as their leader. On the Democratic side, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelsoi (D-CA) won reelection as well. In Florida, Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) has lost his seat to former Gov. Charlie Crist, the former Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat. Jolly was one of the most endangered House members up for reelection this year.

We’ll keep this page updated with results as they come in.

— Sarah Mimms


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