The Democrats have maintained a surprisingly strong hold on the Senate. Just a few months ago, the conventional wisdom was that Republicans would cruise to a Senate majority, as Democrats — who had a narrow 53-47 majority — were defending 23 seats to the GOP's 10. But instead, the Democrats have won at least 53 seats to the GOP's 44. (At press time, three races remained uncalled: Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota.) Among the key races: Former independent Gov. Angus King (who is expected to caucus with the Dems) handily won in Maine, Democrat Chris Murphy body-slammed Linda McMahon in Connecticut, Democrat Tim Kaine beat George Allen in Virginia, and progressive hero Elizabeth Warren thumped Scott Brown in Massachusetts. Democrats in Indiana and Missouri also defeated two Republican candidates who recently gained infamy after making unpopular statements about rape: Joe Donnelly defeated Richard Mourdock in Indiana, and Claire McCaskill held on to her seat in Missouri, claiming victory over Todd Akin.
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