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GOP Defies Odds, Keeps Majority in Senate

GOP Defies Odds, Keeps Majority in Senate

Sen. Ron Johnson thanks his supporters after securing reelection in Wisconsin. (AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 09 November 2016 09:25 AM

Democrats faced a double disappointment on Election Day, not only losing the presidency to Donald Trump but also failing to retake the majority in the Senate that appeared well within their grasp during the campaign, The Hill reports.

Republicans defied the odds and kept control of the upper chamber with at least 52 seats, presuming they win a December runoff in Louisiana, as well as maintaining their majority in the House of Representatives.

No winner has yet been declared in the Senate race in New Hampshire between incumbent Kelly Ayotte and Gov. Maggie Hassan; too close to call.

The task of defending their 54-seat majority appeared daunting for the GOP as many experts anticipated Trump's supposedly unpopular candidacy would harm down-ballot candidates, and opinion polls throughout the campaign indeed showed many Republican candidates in serious danger of losing.

In addition, Republicans had to defend 24 Senate seats, while only 10 held by Democrats were up for grabs, thus giving an additional advantage to Democrats, who went all-out in the races during the campaign and had hopes of gaining as many as seven seats.

But Democrats managed to pick up only one Republican-held seat for sure, as Representative Tammy Duckworth defeated Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk in Illinois.

Among the Republican victors were Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Richard Burr of North Carolina and Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania, who all made late comebacks in their re-election bids.

The New York Times reported that much of the credit for the victory went to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who took a hands-on approach in directing the GOP effort and tried to make sure that incumbents did not face challengers from the right as they had done since 2010.

Another factor was that in total spending on the Senate races, the Republicans outspent the Democrats, The Hill reported, especially as many donors were reluctant to give money to the presidential race with Trump as the GOP candidate and instead provided funds in an attempt to defend the Senate majority.

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Democrats faced a double disappointment on Election Day, not only losing the presidency to Donald Trump, but also failing to retake the majority in the Senate that appeared well within their grasp during the campaign, The Hill reports. Republicans defied the odds and kept...
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