emocrats prevailed in two Senate races that were too close to call on Election Night, giving the Democratic caucus a net gain of two seats. (In the 112th Congress, Democrats had a 53-47 advantage, and starting in January, it will be 55-45, including two independents expected to caucus with the Left.) In the final two races that were called Wednesday, Sen. John Tester (D) of Montana survived a challenge from Rep. Denny Rehberg (R), while Democrat Heidi Heitkamp defeated Rep. Rick Berg (R) to fill the North Dakota seat being vacated by Sen. Kent Conrad (D). With the re-election of President Obama, the victories capped a hugely successful night for Democrats, who only a year ago had not been expected to hold onto their Senate majority.
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