Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (L), Virginia Senator Mark Warner C), his wife Lisa Collis (2nd-L) and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (R) cheer during an election night rally Nov. 4, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. (AFP/Brendan SMIALOWSKI)
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Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate, capturing seats from Democrats in elections Tuesday shaped by deep voter discontent with President Barack Obama.Republicans won at least seven seats now held by Democrats, while Democrats failed to pick up a single Republican seat. That assures the Republicans of at least 52 votes in the 100-member chamber.Among the Republicans re-elected Tuesday was the man who would likely become majority leader if the party captures the Senate: Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.Republicans were more fired up in this election, united in opposition to a president they see as pushing the government too deeply into American lives.It was bound to be a difficult election for Democrats. Governing parties historically lose seats in midterm votes and a number of Democrats were defending seats in states that lean Republican. Overall, at stake Tuesday were 36 of the 100 Senate seats, all 435 House districts and 36 of 50 governors' seats.Republicans needed a pickup of six seats to take control of the Senate. In Florida, Republican Gov. Rick Scott defeated Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist.With dozens of House races uncalled, Republicans had picked up nine seats in Democratic hands, and given up only one.
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