(CNN) - Republican businessman Ron Johnson has won the Wisconsin Senate race, CNN projects, ending Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold's bid for a fourth term. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.
(CNN) - Looks like Oklahomans will not, repeat not, be subject to Sharia law anytime in the near future. Local media in the state, tonight, is reporting that ballot initiative SQ755, which bars state courts from using Islamic or international law, is on the path to approval– Yes votes outweighing Nos by more than two-to-one, with about 40-percent of the precincts in.
The outcome was never in doubt, but the measure's necessity was, and is. Constitutional scholars point out that Sharia law is religious law, and the first words of the First Amendment say, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."
Still, the fact that it got on the ballot in the first place says a lot about what's on voters' minds.
(CNN) - How much credit should the Tea Party take for tonight’s GOP win? Exit polls paint a mixed picture.
Forty-five percent of independent voters expressed support for the movement, which is 2 for 3 in Senate races so far tonight. The older you are, the polls suggest, the more likely you are to back the Tea Party – and tonight was a senior moment. Forty-seven percent of those 60 and older back the Tea Party; the number for 18-29-year-olds was more than 20 points lower.
New York (CNN) - Despite record election achievements by African-Americans in the House, the United States Senate will not have an African-American in its ranks.
All three black Senate candidates, Kendrick Meek (D-FL), Alvin Greene (D-SC) and Mike Thurmond (D-GA) are projected to lose tonight. The only incumbent black senator, Roland Burris (D-IL), is retiring.
(CNN) - Republican Susana Martinez has defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish in the race for New Mexico governor, CNN projects. Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson is term-limited. Martinez becomes the nation’s first female Hispanic Governor. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.
(CNN) - Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine is taking the loss of three Virginia House Democrats quite personally.
Kaine, the former governor of the commonwealth, called the electoral defeat of Reps. Rick Boucher, Glenn Nye and Tom Perriello "very, very tough."
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.
Tuesday was a great night for Republicans because as Marco Rubio said, we now have a second chance. It's still important to remember this country is not quite yet a Republican country, but as of Tuesday night it is saying it is most definitely not a Democratic Party country either.
(CNN) - Senator-elect Rand Paul says he has a message from the people of Kentucky: "We've come to take our government back."
In his victory speech tonight, Paul –a Republican as well as a favorite of Tea Party activists across the nation - declared, "Tonight there's a Tea Party tidal wave."
(CNN) - Midterm voters tend to be older than voters in general. But this year’s midterm voters aren’t just older than the voters who show up when the White House is up for grabs. They’re older than your typical midterm voter, period.
Seniors haven’t made up this big a share of voters since 1994. Twenty-four percent of those who cast ballots this year were over the age of 65 – and their support for Democrats has plummeted. Back in ’94, 48 percent of voters over age 65 backed Democratic candidates. In 2006 and ’08, 49 percent supported the party. This year, that number sank to 39 percent.
New York (CNN) - An ethnic first is at stake tonight. Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, a Louisiana Republican, was the first and only Vietnamese candidate in the U.S. House of Representatives. Will he keep his seat?
He is running in a predominantly Democratic and African-American district - the 9th Ward and Pontchartrain Park –against a black Democrat, state Rep. Cedric Richmond.