Republican Rand Paul has won his race for the Senate in Kentucky, according to reports. Paul spoke to reporters after voting in Bowling Green.
Update, 10:00 p.m. ET:
As of 10 p.m. ET, here's a list of seats that have changed hands in the House, by the AP. They list the state, the district, and then the winner:
Republican seats won by Democrats:
Delaware 1, John Carney
Democratic seats won by Republicans:
Florida 24, Sandra Adams; Virginia 9, Morgan Griffith; Indiana 8, Larry Bucshon; Virginia 5, Robert Hurt; Florida 8, Daniel Webster; Indiana 9, Todd Young; Virginia 2, Scott Rigell; Tennessee 6, Diane Black; New Hampshire 1, Frank Guinta; Florida 2, Steve Southerland; Texas 17, Bill Flores; Tennessee 4, Scott DesJarlais; Tennessee 8, Stephen Fincher
In the Senate, Republicans John McCain and Charles Grassley have won re-election, along with David Vitter of Louisiana (who won despite phone records that linked him to a Washington prostitution ring in 2007).
This is my penultimate post of the midterm election — or at least, that's the plan. For updates, you should check out the All Politics blog. And for raw data, there's always our election map or the NPR Scorecard.
And here's a link to my "lookahead" to what tomorrow's headlines might be.
Update, 9:30 p.m. ET:
Current projections have the Republican Party gaining control of the House — much the same as early projections.
Over in the Senate, it's more of a tossup.
To help bide the time, here's a list of the country's new senators, as of 9:30 p.m. ET:
- John Boozman (R-AR)
- Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
- Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
- John Hoeven (R-ND)
- Chris Coons (D-DE)
- Marco Rubio (R-FL)
- Dan Coats (R-IN)
- Jerry Moran (R-KS)
- Rand Paul (R-KY)
- Rob Portman (R-OH)
Update, 9:00 p.m. ET:
Two House Democrats known for speaking their minds will have to find new places to be heard. Rep. Tom Perriello of Virginia and Rep. Alan Grayson have been ousted — by Republicans Robert Hurt and Daniel Webster, respectively.
As noted by NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving, Perriello lost despite help from President Obama.
And now there are reports that Perriello's campaign office might have been broken into.
Update, 8:45 p.m. ET:
The Republican Party needs to win eight more Senate races to gain majority control. The GOP has picked up seats in Arkansas, where Rep. John Boozman defeated incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln.
That may come later tonight. But it'll be harder now, as Democrat Gov. Joe Manchin has won his race in West Virginia, beating Republican rival John Raese.
Here are some of the trends that may have helped shape today's vote — the AP has been studying exit polls. These three issues jumped out at me:
Near universal disapproval of Congress:
73 percent disapprove – majorities of both those voting Democratic and Republican (one of the few areas of consensus)
Both political parties viewed negatively:
53 percent Unfavorable for both Rep Party and Dem Party
Economy overwhelming issue:
- 62 percent say most important facing the country
- 88 percent economy in “not so good” or “poor” shape
- 42 percent say they are “worse off than 2 years ago”, just 14 percent better off.
Andy Kohut of the Pew Center says that in Ohio, independents are trending away from Democrats.
Update, 8:30 p.m. ET:
Democratic Rep. Suzanne Kosmas of Florida has lost her re-election bid to state Rep. Sandy Adams, allowing the Republican Party to pick up the seat, according to reports.
In the Florida Senate race, it looks like Marco Rubio will win with 50 percent of the vote. Gov. Charlie Crist, running as an independent, has around 30 percent, while Democratic candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek netted 20 percent of the vote.
With all the results beginning to flood in, you can track them on our map or in our Scorecard.
Update, 8:15 p.m. ET: The Republican Party is gaining seats in the Senate, with Tea Party candidate Marco Rubio winning his race in Florida.
And, the AP reports that Democrat Chris Coons easily won Delaware's Senate race over Republican Christine O'Donnell.
In Maryland, Sen. Barbara Mikulski has been re-elected to a fifth term.
Below you can find an updated list of winners in selected races.
Our original post: Paul, Coats, Portman Win To Give Republicans An Early Edge
In the latest batch of congressional races called by the AP as of 7:30 p.m. ET, 14 Republican candidates had won seats, compared to 2 Democratic victories. The GOP wins include one by Dan Coats, who will occupy the seat left vacant by the retiring Democrat Evan Bayh.
The Republicans picked up another Senate seat when Rob Portman, a former Bush administration trade official, has beaten Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher in Ohio.
You can follow all the results — and updates — on NPR's Scorecard. Here's a quick rundown of some of the winners, as projected by the AP:
- Rubio, GOP, elected U.S. Senate, Florida.
- Crenshaw, GOP, elected House, District 4, Florida.
- Stutzman, GOP, elected House, District 3, Indiana.
- Jones, GOP, elected House, District 3, North Carolina.
- Portman, GOP, elected Senate, Ohio.
- Foxx, GOP, elected House, District 5, North Carolina.
- Wittman, GOP, elected House, District 1, Virginia.
- Wolf, GOP, elected House, District 10, Virginia.
- Kingston, GOP, elected House, District 1, Georgia.
- Welch, Dem, elected House, District 1, Vermont.
- Mack, GOP, elected House, District 14, Florida.
- Davis, GOP, elected House, District 4, Kentucky.
- Diaz-Balart, GOP, elected House, District 21, Florida.
- Coats, GOP, elected Senate, Indiana.
- Paul, GOP, elected Senate, Kentucky.
- Rokita, GOP, elected House, District 4, Indiana.
- Guthrie, GOP, elected House, District 2, Kentucky.
- Whitfield, GOP, elected House, District 1, Kentucky.
- DeMint, GOP, elected Senate, South Carolina.
- Leahy, Dem, elected Senate, Vermont.
- Price, GOP, elected House, District 6, Georgia.
- Gingrey, GOP, elected House, District 11, Georgia.
- Graves, GOP, elected House, District 9, Georgia.
- Welch, Dem, elected House, District 1, Vermont.
- Cantor, GOP, elected House, District 7, Virginia
- Forbes, GOP, elected House, District 4, Virginia.
- Goodlatte, GOP, elected House, District 6, Virginia.
- Yarmuth, Dem, elected House, District 3, Kentucky.
- Stearns, GOP, elected House, District 6, Florida.
- Thornberry, GOP, elected U.S. House,District 13, Texas.
- Hall, GOP, elected U.S. House, District4, Texas.
In a press release, Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, welcomed Rand Paul's victory.
"I look forward to welcoming Senator-elect Paul to our nation’s capital as we fight to restore much-needed accountability in Washington."