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New England voters on Tuesday continued their trend of knocking off Republican lawmakers, as they ousted a GOP Senator and a well-known House Republican moderate, while re-electing a pair of Democratic freshmen.
House Democrats realized one of the largest net gains of anywhere in the country in the Mid-Atlantic region Tuesday night, picking up at least five and possibly six GOP-held seats. The final margin rests in the balance because the open-seat contest in Marylands 1st district still had not been called as of press time Wednesday. Democrats were ahead in the contest, but only by a very slight margin.
College football is king in the South, and Republican electoral fortunes Tuesday appeared to split along major conference lines: The GOP was battered in the Atlantic Coast Conference strongholds of North Carolina and Virginia, but they prevented a Dixie disaster by holding their ground in key races in Southeastern Conference states, including Kentucky, Mississippi and Georgia.
As thousands of Chicagoans cheered the resounding victory of hometown son and now President-elect Obama on Tuesday night, Illinois Democrats were also celebrating the pickup of one House seat with the landslide election of state Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson (D).
Though Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) overwhelmingly won the electoral college in his presidential race, his coattails werent quite as long as some Democrats were hoping — particularly in the Plains.
With Tuesdays election, the stunning political transformation of New Mexico is complete.The Land of Enchantment now has an all-Democratic Congressional delegation. It has new Members in all three House seats and a new Senator to replace legendary six-term Sen. Pete Domenici (R).
National Democratic gains reverberated in the Mountain States, with the loudest echo in Colorado, where Democrats claimed a decisive majority of the states Congressional delegation. The Centennial States nine-member delegation will be dominated by seven Democrats in the next Congress, reducing the number of Republican-held seats by half.
Despite aggressive efforts to sweep the West, Democrats came up short in several key races, as many GOP incumbents had better showings than expected on Election Day. This is particularly true for Alaska's “Senator of the Millennium,” Ted Stevens (R), who just last week was convicted on seven counts in a federal court for filing false financial statements.
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