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North Dakota: Rick Berg Concedes to Heidi Heitkamp

Rep. Rick Berg conceded the North Dakota Senate race on Wednesday. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Rick Berg (R) conceded to former state Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp (D) in the North Dakota Senate race. It was the final outstanding Senate race of the the 2012 cycle.

This means that out of the seriously competitive Senate races, Republicans only won one Democratic-held seat. It also means that Democrats will have a majority of 55 Senators, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and assuming that Sen.-elect Angus King (I) of Maine will caucus with the party.

Montana: Tester Leads With Votes Still to Count

Montana Sen. Jon Tester (D) led by 4 points in his bid for re-election with two-thirds of precincts fully reporting early Wednesday morning, but enough votes remained outstanding that the race was too close to call.

Tester led with 49 percent, while his Republican challenger, Rep. Denny Rehberg, had 45 percent. Libertarian candidate Dan Cox appeared to be giving Tester a significant boost by taking more than 6 percent of the vote.

North Dakota: This Might Take a While

Former state Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp (D) held a slim lead over her opponent, Rep. Rick Berg (R), in the race for North Dakota's open Senate seat.

Heitkamp led Berg by about 3,500 votes with 99 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.

American Crossroads/Crossroads GPS Make Gargantuan Final Senate Ad Push

The Republican-affiliated sister groups American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS will begin a massive $10.5 million Senate ad blitz today and Wednesday, blanketing competitive Senate races, including those in Maine, Montana and New Mexico, with hard-hitting attack ads.

With control of the Senate in the balance, the deep-pocketed groups are making a concerted final push to help put GOP candidates over the line.

North Dakota: Heidi Heitkamp Leads in Internal Poll

Rep. Rick Berg is running for Senate. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new internal poll conducted for former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp found the Democrat with a 4-point lead in the state's open-seat Senate contest.

Heitkamp led Rep. Rick Berg (R) 48 percent to 44 percent with 7 percent undecided. The edge, according to a polling memo from the Mellman Group, stems from Heitkamp's 23-point lead among independents.

Daily Ad Track

Campaigns, committees and outside groups are flooding the airwaves with negative television ads. A common hit to those who have held public office is a vote to increase one's own salary.

American Action Network, a Republican super PAC, announced this morning that it was targeting four House races — California's 10th, Minnesota's 8th, New Hampshire's 1st and New York's 27th. The new ads released will have $5 million behind them, and more money and ads are expected to come in the closing weeks.

Daily Ad Track

Among the latest ads, one we were expecting has hit the air — just not where we thought it would. And two candidates' ads feature relatives making the case for their campaigns — much to the candidates' faux chagrin.

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Senate Democrats Optimistic About Keeping Majority

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Democratic leaders today expressed optimism about their prospects of holding on to control of the chamber in November.

The grandest pronouncement came from Senate Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.).

Race Rating Change: North Dakota Moves in Dems' Direction

Republican Rep. Rick Berg is running for Senate in North Dakota. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:30 p.m. | This week proves what a difference a strong candidate can make, even in partisan states.

In the wake of the implosion of Rep. Todd Akin (Mo.), Republicans quietly bemoaned their policy of remaining neutral in Senate primaries. But in North Dakota, where Republicans had an uncompetitive primary, it's become clear that the GOP nominee is not as strong a recruit as he initially appeared to be.

North Dakota: Heidi Heitkamp Leads Rick Berg in Poll

A new Democratic poll shows Rep. Rick Berg (R) trailing former Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp (D). (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp (D) led Rep. Rick Berg (R) 50 percent to 44 percent in a Senate race poll conducted for the North Dakota Democratic Party.

The poll is a good sign for the Democrat running in a solidly Republican state. She vastly outperformed President Barack Obama, who trailed presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney by 19 points.