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Republicans Celebrate Winning Back the Senate

Wednesday, 06 November 2002 12:00 AM

Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., will go from minority leader back to majority leader.

"I will be working with a president that I have a lot of faith in, that I trust and who is proving to be a great leader," said Lott.

"I will be in more of a positive and an offensive mode," he said, not on the defensive as he was as majority leader when Bill Clinton occupied the White House.

When Sen. Jean Carnahan, D-Mo., conceded to former Rep. Jim Talent just after 2 a.m. EST, the Republicans regained the control they lost when Sen. Jim Jeffords of Vermont bolted from the GOP in June 2001.

In the highly competitive midterm elections, Republicans needed a net gain of only one seat in the Senate. But they also picked up victories in Georgia, where Saxby Chambliss ousted one-term Sen. Max Cleland, and Minnesota, where Walter Mondale conceded to Norm Coleman.

Democrats did manage to pick off one seat from the GOP. Sen. Tim Hutchinson conceded to Democrat Mark Pryor in

Hutchinson had lost support in his conservative base after divorcing his wife of almost 30 years to marry an aide more than two decades his junior. (In Arkansas, some people apparently prefer their politicians, such as a certain former governor, to maintain sham marriages rather than divorce.)

In South Dakota, the Republican challenger, Rep. John Thune, considered whether to seek a recount. Democrat incumbent Sen. Tim Johnson claimed a victory by only 528 votes.

Republicans could pick up one more seat. Because she failed to gain more than 50 percent of the vote, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., will face Republican state Elections Commissioner Suzanne H. Terrell in a Dec. 7 runoff election.

President Bush, on a major campaign push over the past five days, hit 15 states to stump for GOP candidates seen as in possible trouble. Political analysts had wondered whether Bush's efforts would translate into enough ballots to push the GOP back into the majority in a race that few were willing to speculate on.

Elizabeth Dole, backed by the president, defeated Democrat challenger Erskine Bowles, Bill Clinton's former chief of staff. She replaces fellow Republican Sen. Jesse Helms.

"We'll never forget this night, will we?" Sen.-elect Dole told a cheering crowd in Salisbury, N.C., just after 10 p.m. "Just a few minutes ago I received a call from Erskine Bowles. He congratulated me on this victory."

In New Hampshire, GOP Rep. John Sununu, son of former President Reagan's chief of staff, beat Democrat Gov. Jeanne Shaheen. "It was a tremendous grassroots operation that made this victory possible," said Sununu.

Democrat Frank Lautenberg announced his Senate victory over Republican challenger Douglas Forrester. Even though the legal deadline had passed, Lautenberg stepped in to replace Sen. Robert Torricelli, who dropped out as his poll numbers plunged in the wake of an ethics scandal.

In South Carolina, Republican Rep. Lindsey Graham beat Democrat Alex Sanders.

Republican Sen. Wayne Allard fought off a challenge from Democrat Tom Strickland in Colorado.

In Iowa, Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin beat back Republican Rep. Greg Ganske.

Other contentious seats in the Senate remained with their respective parties.

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