November 4th, 2008
07:58 PM ET
5 years ago

Democrats hope for filibuster-proof majority in Senate

From CNN's Donn Cost

(CNN) – (CNN) - Democrats are keeping their eyes on a filibuster-proof Senate majority of 60 seats in Tuesday's elections.

The party picked up one seat early in the evening with the projected winner of Virginia's open Senate seat, Democratic former Gov. Mark Warner. Warner will fill the seat of retiring Sen. John Warner, a Republican. The two Warners are not related.

According to CNN's projections, six Democrats have kept their seats. They are Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia. If Biden is elected vice president, he'll give up his Senate seat, and the state's Democratic governor would appoint a replacement.

So far, four Republicans have held their seats. They are Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina - John McCain's chief ally in the Senate - and Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    THE whole world is watching us and rooting for an OBAMA VICTORY! We can regain our once great reputation as a leader in the world for POSITIVE CHANGE... Sarah Palin, who is one heart beat away from being president would bring us nothing but TROUBLE .. she needs an education and if she is such a big deal CHRISTIAN than she has already screwed away "THOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS.. one of the "big 10" .. and of course she and her daughter got "NAILED" before marriage.. the REPUBS are nothing but a clan of self-interested HYPOCRITES.. show me a 'green republican" and I'll show you a closet DEMOCRATE LOL

    November 4, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. Tim Yelnez

    thanks for sharing

    November 4, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. Steve

    Giving any party both the senate with more then 60 seats, and the house, as well as the presidency is absolutely the stupidest thing the American people can do.

    November 4, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. Kitt

    Two senators I hope are defeated are Dole in NC and Chambliss in Gegoria. McConnell in Kentucky isn't as bad as those two...

    November 4, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Erin

    God help us....

    November 4, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. Rod

    Actually I disagree Steve. The stupiedest thing the American people can do is elect George Bush as President...........................twice!!!! Oh alright, you elected Al Gore in 2001, I'll give you that one.

    November 4, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. David

    I absolutely agree. I've been far more concerned about the senate race than even the presidential election. It looks like a dangerous tipping point.

    November 4, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. snOop -fEmale

    oh yes. We painting the whIte house black. U knO

    November 4, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    agreed

    November 4, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  10. TB Melrose, FL

    Steve, "stupidest" isn't a word.
    What does that say about your opinion on this or any topic?

    November 4, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. unlikelymoose

    If Kay Hagan defeats Elizabeth Dole, then you can bet on a 60 seat majority in the Senate.

    November 4, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  12. Chris

    I don't think the American people realize how our checks and balances systems will be undermined with the potential for radical legislation. Stupid indeed.

    November 4, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. Johnny V

    Most Americans are astoundingly ignorant, apparently forgetting the past 4 years Democrats have run the congress and enacted these "Bush economic policies" and some were even enacted while Clinton was in office. Too many young and uneducated forgot about Jimmy Carter and now we can have Carter Jr for at least 4 more years, Hurray!

    November 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. jim

    Or the smartest since something will actually get done. Good or bad. The Republicans have blocked so much in the past two years since they have threatened filibuster so much and Reid(D) didn't force the Republicans to stop the Senate. Personally I think Reid should have to show the American public what the Republicans stand for.

    November 4, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  15. Kara

    well, that's socialism for you. they don't want diversity of opinion; they want uniformity.

    November 4, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. Arariel

    The Magic Number: 60!

    November 4, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  17. Ryan

    Johnny V, George Bush’s budget that he has submitted for 2009 is 500 BILLION in deficit. That is before any natural disasters kick in. This is largest deficit submitted in any fiscal budget in our history. Half a trillion dollars added to the national deficit in one year.. In fact, you're truly uneducated!

    November 4, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  18. Ryan

    Johnny V, George Bush’s budget that he has submitted for 2009 is 500 BILLION in deficit. That is before any natural disasters kick in. This is largest deficit submitted in any fiscal budget in our history. Half a trillion dollars added to the national deficit in one year.. In fact, you're truly uneducated!

    November 4, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It isn't going to happen. The Democrats will get close but won't make it. Even if there was that filibust proof number, there are a number of "Blue Dog" Democrats that could oppose some things. That would stop the majority.

    November 4, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |

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