Buerkle was dealt a loss by Democrat Dan Maffei, the same Member she ousted in 2010. Not only was Buerkle’s 2010 upset win part of the tea party wave that brought a host of new Republicans into Congress, but her district was redrawn to be more Democratic, making her path to victory this time around a long shot. Her defeat Tuesday night was predicted early in the race.
None of the five Democratic Senators up for re-election in the region — which includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and West Virginia — lost, helping Democrats keep the majority in the Senate.
In New Jersey, certain polling sites were moved and voting rules changed to ensure those still recovering from the damage of Hurricane Sandy were able to vote. In the only relatively close House race in the state, Republican Rep. Jon Runyan easily defeated Democrat Shelley Adler, the widow of the Democrat he unseated in 2010 in central Jersey’s 3rd district.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.