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The Return of Nevada’s Sharron Angle
Three-time failed candidate makes fourth bid for federal office in Silver State

Sharron Angle, Nevada’s 2010 GOP Senate nominee, is back for her fourth attempt at federal office. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Almost a year to the day she announced her last bid for federal office, Nevada Republican Sharron Angle on Tuesday announced a primary challenge to GOP Rep. Mark Amodei in the 2nd District. 

The 2010 Senate nominee ran for Senate again last year, losing to former Rep. Joe Heck in the GOP primary, 65 to 23 percent. The tea party favorite previously ran for the 2nd District when it was held by now Sen. Dean Heller

Thom Tillis Appoints New Legislative Director
Courtney Temple is one of the Senate’s few African-American senior staffers

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis announced the promotion Sunday of one of the few senior African-American staffers in the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis has appointed a new legislative director, who will be one of the few African-American senior staffers in the Senate.

Courtney Temple will lead Tillis’ legislative team after she was promoted from legislative assistant to director on Monday. She replaces Katy Talento, who will join President-elect Donald Trump’s White House Domestic Policy Council, focusing on healthcare policy. 

Bringing More Color and Less Testosterone to the Senate
Election of three minority women a silver lining for Democrats

Catherine Cortez Masto became the first Latina member of the Senate Tuesday. She is joined by two other women, Kamala Harris of California, and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The unexpected victory of Donald Trump and news that Republicans will retain Senate control overshadowed historic gains Tuesday night. 

For the first time, three minority women were elected to the Senate, bringing to four the number of female minority senators, more than any previous Senate class. 

How Republicans Held the Senate
GOP prepared diligently for Trump, but he turned out to be a much different candidate than expected

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, left, was re-elected to a second Senate term, defeating Democrat Katie McGinty. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican and Democratic strategists alike felt the shock set in when they saw the Dane County returns in Wisconsin, the early vote tallies in rural Florida, and the struggles of a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Indiana who was supposed to run well ahead of the party’s candidate for Senate, Evan Bayh.

The unthinkable was happening: Donald Trump was going to win the presidential race. And with it, he was smashing a year’s worth of strategy in a dozen competitive Senate races.  

Democrat Jacky Rosen Wins in Nevada's 3rd District
GOP Rep. Joe Heck vacated seat for unsuccessful Senate run

Democrat Jacky Rosen is heading to Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrat Jacky Rosen defeated Republican Danny Tarkanian in Nevada’s 3rd District, The Associated Press reports.

Rosen led Tarkanian 47 percent to 46 percent, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. 

Democrats Hold Harry Reid's Nevada Senate Seat
Cortez Masto wins open seat contest in Nevada

Catherine Cortez Masto, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Nevada, delivers her victory speech at the Nevada Democrats' election night watch party at the Aria Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas after defeating Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., to fill Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's seat on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

On what was otherwise a rough night, retiring Minority Leader Harry Reid has at least one reason to smile.

Former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto will keep the Senate seat he’s vacating in Democratic hands, The Associated Press projects.

House Members Have Mixed Record on Higher Office
Thirteen House members and the delegate from Puerto Rico made bids for bigger things

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., had more than a 10-point lead over incumbent Mark Kirk in a race considered key to the Democrats' bid to gain control of the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Thirteen House members — and one non-voting delegate from Puerto Rico — gave up their posts to run for statewide office this year, with varying success.

Three of those races, the Maryland, Indiana and Louisiana Senate campaigns, pitted colleagues in the House against each other. While the majority were vying for Senate seats, Democrats John Carney, of Delaware and Pedro Pierluisi, or Puerto Rico, made bids for governor. Here is a round-up of their positions as polls opened on Tuesday.

Democrats Pick Up First Seat, but Bayh Loses, Rubio Wins
Republicans say they are surprised things are this competitive given Trump, blue-state heavy map

Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Patrick J. Toomey has trailed his Democratic opponent Katie McGinty in 10 of the last 12 public polls. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Update: 8:38 p.m.

The first big result of the night (for Senate races) is in: Evan Bayh has lost his bid in Indiana to return to the Senate.

2016 Election Night Viewer Guide
Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night

Final poll closing times across the United States.

Stock up on sleep and buy a case of Mountain Dew, because we could be in for a long election night.

As the most fascinating, frustrating, and even gut-wrenching election cycle comes to a close, a long, drawn-out conclusion seems like a fitting end.

How to Watch Election Night 2016