(CNN) – As the dust settles in Connecticut's U.S. Senate race tonight, there is talk of unity but also some residual sparring over money.
Republican Linda McMahon, a former pro-wrestling executive, defended her decision to spend tens of millions of dollars of her own money on her campaign, calling it, "An investment that I hoped would be for the people of Connecticut." "I believe I delivered," McMahon told reporters, "I absolutely do believe that we have Washington listening more and hopefully, we have our state legislature listening more."
(CNN) - As the Democrats’ magic number for Senate control stands at 1 (for now), it looks like Pennsylvania’s independents – a quarter of the vote – are breaking for Pat Toomey. But Joe Sestak’s still holding on to a narrow lead. On the other hand: The 27 percent of the state’s voters who decided in the past week are going for Sestak, 58-42 percent.
(here’s a Senate stat that so far defies simple explanation: the 13 percent of Nevada voters who apparently don’t think Sharron Angle is conservative enough. A majority of whom, according to the exit poll, voted for Reid?)
CNN - On a night of jubilation among Republicans and Tea Party activists, Florida Senator-elect Marco Rubio sounded a note of caution during his victory speech: "We make a grave mistake if we believe that tonight these results are somehow an embrace of the Republican party. What they are is a second chance: A second chance for Republicans to be what they said they were going to be not so long ago."
Rubio, a Republican who won a three-way race against Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek and an independent bid by Governor Charlie Crist, told his supporters in Coral Gables, "Our nation is headed in the wrong direction and both parties are to blame."
(CNN) - A leading conservative in the Senate suggested Tuesday night that an official Tea Party caucus in the Congress' upper chamber may not be necessary.
When initially asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the possibility of such a caucus, Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina replied "Well, I'm chairman of the conservative caucus already and I think one mistake we're making in this election is to suggest that it's all about the official Tea Party movement."
Editor's note: The hotly contested campaign for the midterm elections is over. As the results come in, CNN's political contributors share their quick thoughts on what's making news.
So far, the election isn't quite the far-right stampede it was supposed to be. Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado and Rep. Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania were putting on strong showings in their Senate races; Independent gubernatorial candidates Lincoln Chafee in Rhode Island and Eliot Cutler in Maine were also hanging tough.
Washington (CNN) - In the bitterly fought battle for Kentucky's Senate seat, a race that was highlighted by the controversial Aqua Buddha ad, Democrat Jack Conway conceded to Rand Paul "graciously" in Senator-elect Paul's own words to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.
But in front of supporters Tuesday night, Conway vowed to fight for campaign finance reform, which he said was one of the reasons that lead to his defeat.
(CNN) – Republican Nikki Haley has defeated Democrat Vincent Sheheen in the race for South Carolina governor, CNN projects. Republican Gov. Mark Sanford is term-limited. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.