Democratic Hopes For Senate Majority Slip After Polls Miss Key Races

Democratic hopes for a landslide Senate victory were quickly dashed Tuesday night as official vote totals showed that the pre-election polls were way off, The New York Times reports.

Democrats, who entered the night with 47 senators, need at least three seats to gain a majority if Joe Biden wins the election, which looks likely.

They picked up two seats in Colorado, where former Gov. John Hickenlooper defeated incumbent Republican Cory Gardner, and in Arizona, where retired astronaut Mark Kelly beat incumbent Republican Martha McSally.

But Democrats dropped a seat in Alabama, where former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville defeated incumbent Democrat Doug Jones.

Democrats fall short in key races:

Democrats fell short in a longshot bid to unseat South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham despite polls consistently showing a virtual tie with Democrat Jamie Harrison.

Democrats likewise fell in Iowa, where incumbent Republican Joni Ernst defeated Democrat Theresa Greenfield, and in Montana, where incumbent Republican Steve Daines beat Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock.

Republican leader Mitch McConnell easily won his race against Democrat Amy McGrath in Kentucky, and his No. 2, John Cornyn of Texas, skated to victory over Democrat M.J. Hegar.

Some races still out:

Some races are still undecided.

Maine Republican Susan Collins has a strong lead over Democrat Sara Gideon despite polls predicting a Democratic win. And North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis is leading Democrat Cal Cunningham, who consistently led in the polls.

Democrat Raphel Warnock advanced to a run-off against incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler in Georgia. Georgia Republican David Perdue’s lead in the other Senate race is also small enough to potentially trigger a runoff against Democrat Jon Ossoff as well.

But Democrats are trying to hold on to Sen. Gary Peters’ seat in Michigan, where Republican John James holds a narrow lead.


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