2020-11-04 04:22:08 | Democrats keep control of House, NBC News projects, as Senate fight continues



Story by: Sahil Kapur NBC News

WASHINGTON — Democrats will maintain control of the House of Representatives, NBC News projects, as the battle for the Senate majority continued Tuesday night.

Democrats will pick up a Senate seat in Colorado as John Hickenlooper is projected by NBC News to unseat Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, marking the party’s first gain.

In Alabama, Republican Tommy Tuberville is projected to defeat Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, NBC News projects.

The Georgia special election is headed to a runoff between Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, NBC News projects.

In South Carolina, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham is projected by NBC News to defeat Democrat Jaime Harrison, a well-funded challenger who made the race unexpectedly competitive.

In Arizona, the Democratic challenger Mark Kelly leads but NBC News rates it “too early to call.”

The Senate races in Georgia’s other contest and Maine are also rated as “too early to call.”

The North Carolina race between Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Democrat Cal Cunningham is rated “too close to call” by NBC News.

Democrats have largely focused their campaigns on protecting the Affordable Care Act and stepping up efforts to combat the coronavirus. Republicans have mostly focused on the economy and preventing a Democratic-led Senate that could pursue progressive legislation in a potential Joe Biden presidency.

Two top Republicans — Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. John Cornyn of Texas — will be re-elected, NBC News projects.

Republicans held open seats in Wyoming and Kansas with victories by their candidates Cynthia Lummis and Roger Marshall, respectively, according to NBC News projections.

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Sen. Chris Coons D-Del., Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., en. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. will be re-elected, NBC News projects. All were heavily favored.

The fight for the Senate is closer and may take longer to yield a result.

Republicans have a 53-47 majority in the Senate chamber, and Democrats need a net gain of four seats to capture an outright majority. Of the 35 seats being decided by voters this year, 23 are currently Republican controlled and 12 are Democratic-held seats.

Forecasters expect Democrats to lose one seat in deep-red Alabama. Republicans are also hoping to unseat Democratic Sen. Gary Peters in Michigan, who is favored.

Four Republicans in competitive races — Susan Collins of Maine, Martha McSally of Arizona, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Joni Ernst of Iowa — are still trying to hang on, and their prospects are likeliest to determine which party controls the chamber.

Democrats are also fighting to take control of two seats in Georgia and others in Montana, South Carolina, Kansas, Alaska, Texas and Kentucky.

Alabama

Democrat Sen. Doug Jones surprised political pundits when he won the seat in a special election but now is trying to fend off retired football coach Tommy Tuberville in a deep-red state where the Republican is heavily favored.

Michigan

Michigan is seen as the GOP’s only other possible pickup opportunity, where Iraq war veteran John James is trying to unseat Peters, who is the favorite.

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Maine

Republican Collins has served in the chamber for 24 years and faces the fight of her political life with a challenge from Democrat Sara Gideon, speaker of the state House.

Collins vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh became a rallying cry for Gideon, who has argued that Collins lost the independence she previously touted.

Colorado

Republican Gardner is the underdog against moderate Democratic ex-governor John Hickenlooper.

Hickenlooper, who made a failed bid for the Democratic nomination for president, was popular in the state when he left office.

Arizona

Republican McSally, who was appointed to fill the seat after the death of John McCain, faces off against Democratic former astronaut Kelly.

North Carolina

The closely-watched race was roiled by Republican Tillis catching Covid-19 and then his Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham getting caught sending romantic text messages to a woman who isn’t his wife.

Iowa

Republican Ernst faces Democrat Theresa Greenfield in a neck-and-neck race that could be a bellwether for the majority.

Georgia

Georgia is voting in two Senate races.

Republican Sen. David Perdue faces an unexpectedly competitive challenge from Democrat Jon Ossoff.

The second race is a special election, forcing GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler to defend the seat she was appointed to fill. Because a winner must take more than 50 percent of the vote, the race is expected to head to a runoff. Other candidates include Republican rival Doug Collins and Democrat Raphael Warnock.

Montana

Republican Sen. Steve Daines faces down the state’s Democratic governor Steve Bullock. After saying he wasn’t interested in running for the Senate, Bullock changed his mind after a failed bid for the presidential nomination.

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South Carolina

Graham defends his seat against Democratic opponent Harrison in a race that has unexpectedly been polling closely. Harrison smashed fundraising records, allowing him to advertise aggressively to unseat Graham, who has become a close ally and staunch defender of Trump.

Texas

Cornyn fended off an effort by Democrat MJ Hegar to capitalize on suburban shifts toward Democrats and blockbuster fundraising numbers.

Kentucky

McConnell defeated a challenge from Democrat Amy McGrath, a former fighter jet pilot who raised about $88 million.



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Source References: NBC News

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