Washington (CNN) - Democrats will retain their control of the Senate after winning several closely contested races on Tuesday.
While poll results were still trickling in for some races, the Democratic victories make a Republican majority impossible.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – In some quarters, Election Day 2012 turned into ladies night.
With CNN projecting wins for Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the Wisconsin Senate race and Heidi Heitkamp in the North Dakota race, 20 women now hold seats in that chamber. Furthermore, New Hampshire now has an all female congressional delegation and a newly-elected female governor, former state Sen. Maggie Hassan.
(CNN) - In a hotly contested ballot measure, voters in Maine said yes to same-sex marriage, CNN projects, becoming the first state to approve the freedom to marry for same-sex couples through a majority vote on a ballot measure. A number of states already allow gay marriage, but those laws were accomplished through court rulings or with the help of legislation.
One leading advocacy group, Freedom to Marry, said Maine is expected to begin issuing marriage licenses in mid-December.
Maine was one of four states with a same-sex marriage initiative.
"Now the commitment gay and lesbian couples have made in life will be respected equally under the law, celebrated before their loved ones, and called what it is: marriage," said Marc Solomon, Freedom to Marry National Campaign Director in a news release. "It's hard to overstate the national significance of this vote," he added.
Washington (CNN) - After seven terms in the House, Democrat Tammy Baldwin has defeated Former Gov. Tommy Thompson in the race for Wisconsin's open Senate seat, according to CNN's projections.
Though polling had the election close through most of the race, Baldwin defeated Thompson 51% to 46% with 78% reporting.
Boston (CNN) – Mitt Romney's running mate will return to Washington in January even though the Republican presidential nominee and Paul Ryan lost their bid for the White House.
The 14-year lawmaker won an eighth term representing Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, which is located in the southeastern part the state near Lake Michigan and includes parts of Milwaukee County.
Washington (CNN) – Democrat Martin Heinrich has won New Mexico's open Senate seat, defeating Republican nominee Heather Wilson, according to CNN's projections.
At the time of CNN's call, Heinrich garnered 51% of the vote compared to Wilson's 46% – with 70% reporting – in a race that pitted one current member of Congress against a former member of Congress.