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The dust has settled. The decision is in. The GOP gained seven seats in the Senate for sure, eight when the sore loser in Alaska either gives up or is loses whatever fight he decides to mount, and a likely ninth when Louisiana holds its December 6 primary.
Hallelujah! Repudiation city!
Seven seats gives the GOP a 52-48 advantage, exactly what Real Clear Politics "Senate No Toss Ups" suggested. The pickups so far: Arkansas (Cotton), Colorado (Gardner), Iowa (Ernst), Montana (Daines), North Carolina (Tillis), South Dakota (Rounds), and West Virginia (Capito).
Alaska (Sullivan) is poised to fall to Republicans and, I suspect, Louisiana (Cassidy) after the December 6 primary. That will make nine, well ahead of the RCP quasi-projection. Then what happens to vulnerable Democrats like Joe Manchin of West Virginia? Will we see any party switches?
Here are the numbers for key states, based on vote totals early this afternoon.
. . . the election, but Real Clear Politics still sees the Senate race at 52-48 on the screen for "Senate No Toss Ups."
By the way, a good screen companion while you watch the results tonight is this page, "Election 2014," also from RCP.
Here's who had momentum in the last few days of the campaign, measured from the numbers last Friday. It was mostly Republicans, but not enough to move any race out of the toss-up or leaning categories.