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N.H. Rep. swept in with Dem wave, washed out by GOP

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), who was first elected to the House in 2006 after running an insurgent campaign that was largely ignored by national Democrats, was defeated handily Tuesday by Republican Frank Guinta.  

Guinta hammered Shea-Porter over her votes in favor of healthcare and the stimulus, which she repeatedly touted on the campaign trail.  


Members of leadership staying safe

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) won reelection Tuesday. The House Majority Whip will likely be part of the new Democratic minority next Congress though.

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) is coming back to Congress, too. Winning reelection, the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee played a big part in the GOP's successful election night.


Republican Hoeven wins Dorgan's seat in N.D.

Republican John Hoeven has been declared the winner of North Dakota's Senate race. 

The popular Republican governor was expected to take the seat held by retiring Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.). He defeated Democratic state senator Tracy Potter. 

Hoeven was a heavy favorite going into Tuesday, with polls showed him leading Potter by more than 40 points.


GOP takes three of four key House races in Virginia

Rep. Glenn Nye (D-Va.) has fallen to Republican challenger Scott Rigell, the third win for the GOP out of four key House races in the state Tuesday.

Reps. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) and Rick Boucher (D-Va.) have already fallen to their Republican challengers, with Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) fighting to hang on. 

These four races were considered a key national barometer ahead of Tuesday. If Republicans sweep all four, it could signal a huge Republican wave in the House.  


Five-term Dem loses in Indiana

Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.) lost his reelection bid Tuesday. Hill's race was closely watched because his defeat could be the first sign of a Republican wave election.


GOP picks up Ellsworth seat

The seat vacated by Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) in favor of a bid for Senate has gone to the GOP. 

As expected, Republican Larry Bucshon defeated Democrat Trent Van Haaften handily in the conservative leaning district. 

Ellsworth has lost his Senate bid to Republican Dan Coats.    


Blanche Lincoln falls in Arkansas Senate race

Democrat Blanche Lincoln has lost her reelection bid to represent the Razorback State, bowing to a long-expected defeat at the hands of Republican John Boozman.

Boozman was ahead by nearly 20 points in most polls heading into Tuesday’s finish, with Arkansas voters angered at Lincoln, an 18-year incumbent who was seeking a fourth term. Lincoln’s fairly centrist voting record had angered both liberals and conservatives — she narrowly beat back a primary challenge this spring from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter — and her support for the healthcare reform bill is generally seen as the decision that did her in.


Democrat declared winner in West Virginia Senate race

Gov. Joe Manchin (D) is headed to the Senate to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D), beating back a surge by Republican John Raese.

When he started the race, Manchin was the odds-on favorite, yet saw his lead evaporate due to coal-country voters upset with the Obama administration. Manchin responded with a right turn — at one point condemning the healthcare reform bill that was perhaps Senate Democrats’ biggest victory — and running a television advertisement that showed him shooting the cap-and-trade bill with a gun.

Manchin's victory makes it pretty tough for Republicans to win the Senate.


GOP picks up two Virginia House seats

In one of the first suprises of the night, Republicans picked up Rep. Rick Boucher's (D-Va.) seat. Republican Morgan Griffiths, the Virginia House majority leader, managed to unseat Boucher, who has held his office since 1983, by focusing his campaign on the Democrat’s vote for the cap-and-trade energy bill. The 9th District is home to a heavy coal industry, which Griffiths contended would stand to lose money under the legislation.

And Republican Robert Hurt won election to Virginia’s 5th District unseating Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) in one of the country’s most highly contested races. President Obama tried to boost Perriello’s standing last Friday with a rally in his hometown of Charlottesville — a move seen by some as risky due to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) gaining the support of the district in 2008’s presidential election.

-- This post was updated at 8:48 p.m.