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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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  • LulyPop
    11/09/2016
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    hey, young people, JUST SO YOU KNOW (since i was personally victimized by misinformation throughout my entire adolescent education) : "republican" is not synonymous with buzzwords like racist, sexist, bible-humper, homophobe, bigot, male privilege....no. that is a false stereotype that completely ignores the core question of america's founding philosophy; what is the role of the government? republicans think it should be minimally invasive. they're not about "taking away our rights" and controlling our lives; in fact, their main priority IS sustaining our rights. even the iffy christian republicans are not a threat because they're smart enough to know that religious law is wildly unpopular and would never fly in this country. republicans stand by the constitution and nothing else. they believe that the government's job should be: procuring and overseeing the military, and ensuring the protection of our rights. the democrats believe in expansion of the government, full trust in the government, government funding replacing the values and structure of real communities. this gets extremely messy--consider about the political/social/economic mess we're in now a testament. republicans don't want to lower taxes to screw you over--think about that! does that make sense? no. if your main motive is punishing the most productive americans for their success out of spite, then go play robin hood in the woods. it's not the government's job to delegate our wealth or our interactions. read a couple of books, look into the jarringly terrible "success" stories for countries who have adopted the left's big-government policies, and if you are capable of critical thinking, you will realize that we're not a bunch of arcane dudes 'from the south' (if we were, would we have won both branches in a democratic election?) we just want what's best for our country; the full potential of its citizens. a democratic government wants to make your choices FOR you and pay FOR you because you're not capable. a republican government believes in YOU. ditch your emotionally-charged stereotypes and think for yourself. that's what the GOP wants.

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  • Nick
    11/09/2016
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    Right or left? What breeds this hate amongst the people of this country against people of different political views? I'm just curious because it's become so clear to me living in this country that you're left or right wing FIRST then American. Does anyone have any books to recommend on the subject of political divisions? Does this area of study fall into political philosophy or political science?

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  • JayinNC
    11/09/2016
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    The doomsday clock just got closer to midnight.

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  • Anna
    11/09/2016
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    What a sad day for the world. It's too bad Predator Trumps followers didn't do any research. They would have found him as incompetent as Hillary. I wonder if there will be a complete investigation into the DNC, DWS, and HRC for their part in the cheating in the primaries. Please God, watch over those of us who knew better than to vote for the Predator.

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  • SherryTX
    11/09/2016
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    Those of us that did our research know that this country will benefit from the results of this election. In regards to a previous post referring to Trump as a predator; take things in context. Our current state of political correctness cannot be applied to comments made 20 years ago. Furthermore, the accusations of rape were never proven and are suspect in their timing. On the other hand, Clinton has been dodging prosecution for 40 years. I was a Ted Cruz girl, but I believe that he would have never been able to thwart the attacks from the left. We have the right man at the right time in our history. Trump will get things done.

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  • Debbie
    01/16/2017
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    False stereotypes and false news, rhetoric and propaganda, lack of intelligent focus on policy and real substance has ruined our democracy. Everyone could benefit from Civics 101.

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