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Election Night 2014 ongoing updates.
(11:00 pm EST) – Networks have reversed their call for New Hampshire as Brown gains ground as votes continue to be counted.
Tillis is growing his lead over Sen. Hagan in North Carolina.
In Arizona – Ducey declared winner for Governor in Arizona. Republican Mark Brnovich, the cinderella story of Arizona politics this year, is leading Democrat Felicia Rotellini 53-47 in Attorney General race. Michelle Reagan leads Terry Goddard 52-48 for Secretary of State.
(10:00 pm EST) – Gardner has won the Senate race in Colorado. That is a HUGE win.
(9:30 pm EST) – South Dakota has been called for Mike Rounds – another pick up for the GOP march towards a Senate Majority. While the networks have called New Hampshire for Sen. Shaheen, it’s only a four point spread with 33% of precincts reporting. A little early.
Colorado has about 50% reporting and Gardner leads Sen. Udall by five.
Virginia continues to look very close – could be the story of the night.
Gov. Rick Scott appears to have overcome the challenge from Charlie Crist in Florida.
(8:30 pm EST) – Polls just closed in Arkansas and the race is already called for Tom Cotton – who defeated Sen. Mark Pryor. The wave continues.
(7:45 pm EST) – Polls have closed in Kentucky, Georgia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. McConnell has been declared the winner in Kentucky, Capito wins West Virginia, Perdue led in the exit polls in Georgia, and exit polls in North Carolina showed the race tied.
Exits showed leads for the GOP in IA, CO, AR, AK, and KS.
If all that holds, GOP Senate majority is a certainty.
The Republican U.S. Senate primary in Nebraska is the second tea party win in two weeks. First, Senator Richard Lugar lost to tea party-backed Richard Mourdock in Indiana. On Tuesday, tea party favorite, Deb Fischer defeated establishment candidate Jim Bruning in a shocking late surge.
Fischer’s defeat of Bruning is remarkable. She was heavily outspent and as of two weeks ago was a distant third in the polls.
Then Sarah Palin endorsed her, and she got the “big mo’.” Palin still has star power.
Senator Jim DeMint was “all in” for Don Stenberg, but he couldn’t make it happen. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell favored Bruning.
While Lugar’s defeat made national headlines last week, Fischer’s win is a much bigger story.
The bottom line: Palin is more important than two of the most important Republican Senators in the nation.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) cobbled together a tenuous 60-vote block of all Democrats to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed with his healthcare bill late Saturday evening. While he tried to appear triumphant with this accomplishment, it was a short victory lap as many Democrat Senators immediately began to enumerate the various concerns they have with the bill and making it clear that their vote to end debate is very much up in the air.
Patrick O’Connor with Politico is one of the most conscientious reporters on the Hill and his report (along with Carrie Budoff Brown) on the challenges that remain for Reid is one of the best summaries out there.
The bottom line, as articulate by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), is this, “the battle has just begun.”