Senate update

The Republicans appear to have captured the formerly Democratic seat (indeed, Democratic since Reconstruction) in Louisiana, inasmuch as Vitter is over 50 percent and thus will not need a run-off election. However, Fox has called Colorado for Democrat Salazar, so this becomes the second pick-up for the Dems. It leaves them down two seats on the evening, I believe.
This leaves Florida, South Dakota, and Alaska. Republican Mel Martinez is up in Florida by about 70,000 votes with 99 percent counted, so that looks good. Thune is leading Daschle in South Dakota by about 5,000 votes with about 85 percent counted. And Republican Lisa Murkowski has a healthy lead in the early count in Alaska. If these results all hold, we’ll pick up four seats. That would be a good night’s work


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