Tue
Nov 6 2012
09:08 pm
By: Rachel  shortURL

Nelson takes Florida. That's not unexpected, but was one of the states in some doubt. Current totals: 45Ds(with the 2 independents - and both Sander and King won) and 45D. Ten more races not yet decided.

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Andy Axel's picture

Chris Murphy takes CT. Dems

Chris Murphy takes CT. Dems +1

Rachel's picture

Yup, that makes it 46D, 45R

Yup, that makes it 46D, 45R with 9 races left to be decided.

Andy Axel's picture

Senate D +2. Warren over

Senate D +2. Warren over Brown in MA.

Rachel's picture

Who called it? I'm watching

Who called it? I'm watching MSNBC and they haven't yet.

If so, then it's Dems 47, Rs 45 with 8 races out.

Rachel's picture

AP calls Ohio for Sherrod

AP calls Ohio for Sherrod Brown. D's 48, R's 45 with 7 races out.

Factchecker's picture

What you watching, Andy? I'm

What you watching, Andy? I'm not seeing Warren.

Andy Axel's picture

NBC by way of

NBC by way of @businessinsider

R. Neal's picture

Thought I saw it earlier on

Thought I saw it earlier on MSNBC but they aren't saying it now.

R. Neal's picture

MSNBC just called it for

MSNBC just called it for Warren.

Andy Axel's picture

Tammy Baldwin (openly gay D)

Tammy Baldwin (openly gay D) - defeats Tommy Thompson for Senate seat. Dems +3 (called by Fox News, channel hopping now)

R. Neal's picture

Mourdock goes down in

Mourdock goes down in Indiana.

Factchecker's picture

woo hoo

got it!

Factchecker's picture

dang, Andy. You got all the

dang, Andy. You got all the leads.

Andy Axel's picture

God bless Tivo.

God bless Tivo.

Rachel's picture

I haven't seen Baldwin

I haven't seen Baldwin called, but if so that makes it Dems 50; Reps 45, with 5 races out.

Those are in Virginia, Montana, and North Dakota (all of which are nail biters), Nevada (which will probably go R), and Missouri (which McCaskill should hold on to).

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quit TiVo a long time ago and

quit TiVo a long time ago and I don't know Concast channel numbers. Whoa! Katie Couric on ABC???

R. Neal's picture

McCaskill wins MO

McCaskill wins MO

Rachel's picture

McCaskill wins. Dems 51, R

McCaskill wins. Dems 51, R 45, 4 races out.

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akin down.

akin down.

Andy Axel's picture

Missouri politics has a way

Missouri politics has a way of shutting him down, innit.

redmondkr's picture

MSNBC goes for Claire

MSNBC goes for Claire McCaskill

Factchecker's picture

Why is the guy on MSNBC

Why is the guy on MSNBC saying the Senate will be more divided? between the House?

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Had they called Duckworth

Had they called Duckworth yet?

Rachel's picture

Just did. She won. (That's

Just did. She won. (That's the House, BTW).

However, MSNBC says Wisconsin senate is too close to call. Who called it for Baldwin again?

Andy Axel's picture

Fox.

Fox.

ETA: see also Slate: (link...)

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Im toe tupid.

Im toe tupid.

Andy Axel's picture

Kaine wins. Macaca down.

Kaine wins. Macaca down.

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Kaine from behind!

Kaine from behind!

Rachel's picture

Kaine takes Va. Dems 52, Rs

Kaine takes Va. Dems 52, Rs 45, out 3.

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Darn you, Axel!!

Darn you, Axel!!

Rachel's picture

Well apparently Dems won in

Well apparently Dems won in both Montana and North Dakota (although there will be a recount in North Dakota), while Heller (R) won in Nevada.

Final count: Dems 52, Is (expected to caucus with Dems) 2, RS 46. (Or if the recount goes wrong: Ds 51, Is 2, Rs 47).

That's either (most likely) a pick up of one seat for the good guys or status quo. In a year when 6 months ago I would have told you the Rs would take control.

Last night was a VERY good night.

Rachel's picture

There's now been a concession

There's now been a concession in the ND race, so I guess no recount after all.

That makes 20 woman in the Senate. Still a long way from where it should be, but I remember not so long ago when there was only a handful of women.

Somebody's picture

Twenty, eh? That's got to be

Twenty, eh? That's got to be enough to fill at least one binder.

Rachel's picture

National blogs are saying

National blogs are saying 55-45 Dems, but my spreadsheet says 54-46.

Can't figure out where I went wrong. Wasn't in last night's results; I've rechecked them. Maybe I miscounted on the #s who weren't up for relelection.

Pam Strickland's picture

I remember about 10 years ago

I remember about 10 years ago somebody wrote a book about women senators and there were only 9. Twenty is great.

amybroyles's picture

9 Women, 14 Women, 20 Women

A documentary titled "14 Women" was made in 2007, about the unprecedented 14 women serving in the 109th Congress:
(link...)

It was very well done, and I would enjoy seeing it again (I used to have a copy, but I think it got passed around and never returned).

I am thrilled to see so many women elected, but we still have quite a way to go before we reach equal representation.

According to the article linked below, "women's-issues" bills have the highest rates of gridlock, due to a perceived lack of democratic legitimacy and deference. “These are issues that the average member of Congress doesn't see as crucial," according to Craig Volden of the University of Virginia.

But "when more than 20 percent of a legislature is female, sisters can do it for themselves." Twenty women in the Senate is 20%.

This is a terrific article - would love to know what you all think after reading it:
(link...)

Cleuster / lonnie's picture

How many women elected in the

How many women elected in the new House of Reps? I think the 112th Congress has 74, which, I think was also a record.

michael d.perkins's picture

The 113th Congress will have

The 113th Congress will have at least 81 for a new record!

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