(CNN) – CNN is projecting that incumbent Mary Landrieu has won re-election in Louisiana.
Landrieu held a dubious distinction this cycle as the only Democratic senator to face a real re-election threat. The two-term senator - whose two victories have been won by razor-thin margins - faced her toughest opponent yet in state Treasurer John Kennedy.
The Democrat-turned-Republican had the support of Louisiana's popular GOP governor, Bobby Jindal, in a state that strongly supported John McCain.
Republicans had poured hundreds of thousand of dollars into ad buys in the state, pointing to last-minute poll numbers that suggested the race was tightening. But the cash-rich Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spent even more, and Landrieu entered Tuesday a heavy favorite.
NEW YORK (CNN) – Florida is seeing some of its House seats switch parties. Thus far, two seats have flipped from Republican to Democratic hands.
In District 8, Republican Congressman Ric Keller has lost his re-election bid to Democrat Alan Grayson.
In District 24, Republican Congressman Tom Feeney was defeated by Democrat Suzanne Kosmas.
But in Florida District 16, the shift went the other way. Democratic Congressman Tim Mahoney lost to Republican challenger Tom Rooney.
(CNN) – CNN projects that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will hold on to his Senate seat - a blow for Democrats looking to capture a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority - and will look to retain his leadership position, despite his party's losses this evening.
Even before McConnell's victory seemed secure, his spokesman Don Stewart told CNN the senator was looking to hold on to his post as Senate Minority Leader.
While there is no known opposition to McConnell keeping his leadership post, it's not uncommon for rank and file members to replace their leaders after suffering significant party losses - as appears to be the case for Senate Republicans tonight.
McConnell sat atop the list of Democratic targets this year. The four-term senator won his last re-election bid with 65 percent of the vote - but the tough climate facing Republican incumbents, coupled with support for the financial bailout unpopular with his constituents, made for a tough race against businessman Bruce Lunsford.
Republicans had said they'd found a winning formula in McConnell's race: Connect Lunsford to Barack Obama, who lost the state to Hillary Clinton by a wide margin during the Democratic primary season, and repeated that showing Tuesday night. Lunsford lost a gubernatorial bid last year, but the Democratic Party had higher hopes for him this time, funding an extensive ad buy in the state (though not as extensive as McConnell: a GOP source said the senator had bought up "every available second" of ad airtime.) The race tightened considerably as Democrats painted McConnell as an advocate of de-regulation - but the incumbent was still favored Tuesday.
House Majority Leader John Boehner of Ohio also said tonight he will seek another term as the top Republican in the House. If Boehner also wins, McConnell and Boehner would be the top elected Republicans in the country.
(CNN) – CNN projects that Jeanne Shaheen has defeated incumbent John Sununu in New Hampshire.
The race had been a rematch of the 2002 contest between former Democratic Gov. Jeanne Shaheen and the well-funded incumbent. Despite Sununu's lackluster poll numbers, the race was a tough fight, but with the state leaning Democratic, he found himself trailing Shaheen in most surveys heading into Election Day.
Shaheen's victory was based on overwhelming support from women. Men split their votes evenly between the two candidates.
The former governor also won significant majorities of moderates and independents - and, as elsewhere, the Democratic candidate won on nearly every issue Tuesday night. Only the minority of voters who said the battle against terrorism was a priority threw most of their support to Sununu.
(CNN) – CNN projects that Democrat Kay Hagan has defeated incumbent Republican Elizabeth Dole in the North Carolina Senate race.
Dole started the summer with a significant cash advantage and a polling edge to match. But state Sen. Kay Hagan took advantage of reports highlighting Dole's infrequent visits to the state and her links to President Bush.
Democrats funded spots that seemed to subtly raise the question of age, asking whether the 72-year-old Dole was "92 or 93" - the percentage of the time she voted with the president, and one independent group's estimate of her effectiveness. And Barack Obama's presidential campaign, competing in the newly competitive presidential battleground, poured resources into the state - which had a spillover advantage for the financially outmatched challenger.
In the final week of the campaign, Dole released an ad - "Godless" - that implied Hagan was an atheist. But the move didn't have the effect Dole had hoped: In the race's final days, the incumbent's standing in the polls fell by several points. In exit polls, moderates went for Hagan by nearly two to one. Voters who are not self-identified evangelicals went for Hagan by a similar margin.
The economy was by far the biggest issue for North Carolina voters, and those who said the nation's financial woes were their top concern went overwhelmingly for Hagan. The challenger also won among those most concerned about health care, energy policy and the war in Iraq. Only the minority of voters who said they were most worried about terrorism supported Dole.