Washington (CNN) - CNN projects Democratic incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown has won a second term by defeating Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel in Ohio, a state that was closely tied to the presidential race.
Primarily because of those frequent trips from President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, the contest between Brown and Mandel played out in Ohio against the backdrop of the presidential election.
(CNN) - Democrats scored a major upset in the Indiana race for U.S. Senate Tuesday, scooping up a seat in the deeply red state Republicans had expected to hold. The campaign appeared to turn for the Democrats after the GOP candidate made controversial comments about rape during a televised debate.
CNN projected Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly would beat Republican Richard Mourdock, boosting the Democrats' chances of maintaining control of the Senate. Donnelly led 48 percent to 46 percent with 70 percent of the estimated vote counted at the time of the projection.
(CNN) – In a key pick-up of a Republican Senate seat, Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren defeated GOP Sen. Scott Brown Tuesday, according to a CNN projection. With 37 percent of the estimated vote counted, Warren led Brown 52 percent to 48 percent.
The victory is critical to Democratic ambitions to maintain their majority control of the Senate.
(CNN) - CNN has projected Republican incumbent Gary Herbert will continue to serve as governor of Utah, beating his Democrat opponent Peter Cooke.
It was expected that Herbert would win his re-election campaign as Utah has not had a Democratic governor in nearly 28 years. Herbert took office in August 2009 when then-Gov. Jon Huntsman resigned to become U.S. Ambassador to China. Herbert won a 2010 special election to complete the rest of Huntsman's term and received 64 percent of the vote over Peter Corroon, the mayor of Salt Lake County.
Herbert's challenger, Peter Cooke, is a businessman and retired two-star major general with the U.S. Army Reserves.
(CNN) - After a two-year absence, the famed Kennedy family once again has an elected representative in national politics.
Joe Kennedy III will serve Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District, having handily defeated GOP opponent Sean Bielat, according to a CNN projection.
(CNN) – With 33 seats contested in the U.S. Senate, millions were spent as the GOP sought to re-take the chamber.
Republicans had the advantage of having to protect only 10 seats while Democrats had to defend 23, many in narrowly divided swing states. In addition, several veteran Democratic incumbents, mostly moderates, announced they would retire, making it potentially even easier for Republicans to win those seats.
(CNN) - Despite a lengthy absence from Capitol Hill due to illness, Democratic Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will easily hold on to his Illinois seat, CNN projects.
Jackson handily defeated GOP contender Brian Woodworth, an attorney and university professor. Woodworth had criticized Jackson during the campaign for leaving the district unrepresented.
(CNN) – Democrats retained control of the governorship in New Hampshire with Maggie Hassan beating her Republican challenger Ovide Lamontagne, CNN has projected.
As was the case in Montana this year, the race in New Hampshire to replace popular outgoing Democratic Governor John Lynch became one of the most competitive races in the country.
(CNN) – Freshman Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania was re-elected Tuesday, according to a CNN projection. The win preserves a seat for Democrats in the narrowly divided chamber that Republicans had hopes late in the race of winning.
GOP candidate Tom Smith, a wealthy business executive, lagged far behind Casey for much of the race. But in the last few weeks he spent heavily on advertising and was able to narrow the polls but never take the lead.
(CNN) – The governorship for North Dakota will remain in Republican hands with Governor Jack Dalrymple beating his Democratic challenger Ryan Taylor, CNN has projected.
Dalrymple was seeking a full term in the office previously held by fellow Republican John Hoeven, who resigned in late 2010 after winning the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Democrat Byron Dorgan.