Republicans Lose Maine, Massachusetts, And Indiana Senate Races
The odds that the Republicans were going to retake the Senate this year had slipped to almost non-existent long before today, but they are officially dead now that the GOP has lost three Senate seats.
First up, not unexpectedly, is the victory of Independent former Governor Angus King to fill the open seat vacated by Olympia Snowe. King has refused to say which party he would caucus with in the Senate, but it seems unlikely that he will give the GOP much consideration after the negative campaign they ran against him this fall.
Next, also not unexpectedly, is the loss of the Senate seat in Massachusetts as Elizabeth Warren defeats Scott Brown. The polls had turned against Brown weeks ago, and the fact that Romney lost this state by a decisive margin meant that Brown probably never really had a chance.
Finally, Congressman Joe Donnelly has defeated Richard Mourdock to fill the seat vacated by Richard Lugar. The most interesting thing here is the fact that Andrew Horning, the Libertarian Party candidate for the seat, appears to have played a decisive role in this race. As of this writing, he is capturing 6% of the vote while the margin between Donnelly and Mourdock is at 3%. Quite obviously, Mourdock’s comments about pregnancies resulting from rape played a role here.
Still outstanding is the Missouri Senate race, which has yet to be called. As of this writing. Claire McCaskill has a clear lead over Todd Akin, but there are only 1.8% of the precincts reporting so it’s far to early to make a call.
As things stand right now, though, it’s quite possible that the GOP could end up with a net loss of Senate seats, giving the Democrats at 54-46 majority.