(CNN) - With 100% of the precincts counted, CNN projects Utah's incumbent Republican Rep. Jim Matheson won re-election after besting Mia Love in a high-profile congressional race that captured national attention.
Matheson, no stranger to tough elections, is a six-term Democrat in a largely Republican district that includes Salt Lake City.
Love, a Mormon of Haitian descent, currently serves as mayor of Utah's Saratoga Springs. She was considered a rising star in the Republican Party, and spoke at the Republican National Convention in August. At one point, she rose to a double-digit lead in polls in one of the nation's most hotly contested races. Both sides and outside parties collectively spent upwards of $10 million.
(CNN) - Looks like Santa Claus really is coming to town.
Republican Kerry Bentivolio, a Santa Claus impersonator, eked out a win in Michigan for the U.S. Congress, narrowly defeating Democratic opponent Syed Taj, according to a CNN projection.
(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) - 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.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is expected to discuss the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy during Wednesday night's State of the Union address, according to a top congressional leader.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Michigan, said he had no specifics, but said the president would bring up the issue during the speech. He made his comments after a news conference on Afghanistan Monday.
The "don't ask, don't tell" policy prohibits openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. armed forces. The policy bans military recruiters or authorities from asking about an individual's sexual orientation, but also prohibits a service member from revealing that he or she is gay.
Obama has said he would end the policy.