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Dems Pick Up Five Repub Senate Seats, Races Still Unclear

Democrats picked up the majority plus at least five seats in the Senate Tuesday by seizing seats from Republican incumbents in New Hampshire and North Carolina, while also gaining seats left by retiring Republicans in Virginia, Colorado and New Mexico.

The New York Times has a comprehensive Senate map with the state results as they come in, but at 4:30 EST on Wednesday Democrats had 56 seats and Republicans had 41. Fifty-one is considered a majority, but it could be a few weeks before Democrats learn the final stats.

Democrats are still short of the 60-vote majority that would enable them to push bills to a vote by overcoming filibusters.

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Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Oops 40
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Well OR is Merkeley now, so that's 57 to 41.
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 8 years
We're still waiting in Minnesota because the difference between Al Franken(D) and Norm Coleman(R) is down to 341 votes out of 3 million cast! The state says a recount could take weeks - fun!
bacon1 bacon1 8 years
I hope we don't get to that filibuster-proof majority, either.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
I agree.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
Absolute power corrupts absolutely. There needs to be a balance for things to work.
janneth janneth 8 years
I call Lieberman "clownhead". I do not respect that man.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Oops *filibuster
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I hate when republicans filabuster everything, but I don't necessarily think democrats need to dominate senate.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Dave I doubt it. Georgia has 99% precincts reporting and it's 50% to 47& in favor of the Republican candidate.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I'm with you, Dave. I would hope the Republicans never get that filibuster-proof majority, either. I'd hate to see what either of these groups would do with that much power.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I jsut hope we don't get to that filibuster-proof majority.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Looks like Oregon will go to Merkeley now, what is taking my state so long. All of the dramatic flip flopping...
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
stephley stephley 8 years
Lieberman should count half in both columns.
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