Republicans Likely to Keep Majority in 2020 Battle for the Senate

Democrats expect that they can win the U.S. Senate, taking the majority from Republicans. The Senate currently has 53 Republican senators and 45 Democratic senators, with two independents who caucus with Democrats. Thirty-five seats are up for grabs.

There are a few key races to watch. Republicans are likely to pick up a seat, ousting Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and replacing him with former coach Tommy Tuberville.

Democrats have targeted Sen. Cory Gardner (Colo.), with former Gov. Tom Hickenlooper (Colo.) likely to unseat the Republican.

Democrats have also targeted Republican Sens. Martha McSally (Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine), Thom Tillis (N.C.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), David Perdue (Ga.), Kelly Loeffler (Ga.), Steve Daines (Mont.), and Lindsey Graham (S.C.).

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There is a chance John James may unseat Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.).

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) won reelection, as did Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).

This post will be updated with new results.

Update 9:25 p.m. Eastern: Democrats have won 7 of the seats that are up for grabs and Republicans have won 8.

Update 9:45 p.m. Eastern: Hickenlooper defeated Gardner in Colorado. According to Decision Desk, Republicans have won 9 races and Democrats have won 6.

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Update 10:30 p.m.: Lindsey Graham held on to his seat, and Tommy Tuberville did indeed flip Alabama. According to Decision Desk, Republicans have won 11 races and Democrats have won 6.

Update 11:15 p.m.: According to Decision Desk, Republicans have won 13 seats and Democrats have won 7.

Update 11:35 p.m.: According to Decision Desk, Republicans have won 13 seats and Democrats have won 8.

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Update 12:00 a.m.: According to Decision Desk, Republicans have won 14 seats while Democrats have taken 9. In the Georgia special election, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) will go to a runoff against Raphael Warnock (D).

Update 1:25 a.m.: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) has held onto her Senate seat. According to Decision Desk, Republicans have won 16 seats while Democrats have won 10.

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Update 3:20 a.m.: According to Decision Desk, Republicans have won 17 seats and Democrats have won 10. Republicans lead in Alaska, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina, and Maine, while Democrats lead in Arizona and Minnesota. If those leads stabilized, Republicans would have 52 Senate seats to Democrats’ 47, with the Georgia special election going to a runoff.

It seems as though the GOP Senate majority will be safe, although it is not confirmed.

Full list of Republican winners: Cynthia Loomis (Wyoming), John Cornyn (Texas), Jim Inhofe (Oklahoma), Mike Rounds (South Dakota), Ben Sasse (Nebraska), Tom Cotton (Arkansas), Bill Hagerty (Tennessee), Mitch McConnell (Kentucky), Shelley Capito (West Virginia), Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), Tommy Tuberville (Alabama), Cindy Hyde-Smith (Mississippi), Roger Marshall (Kansas), Jim Risch (Idaho), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Bill Cassidy (Louisiana), Steve Daines (Montana). Kelly Loeffler (Georgia) will go to a runoff.

Full list of Democratic winners: John Hickenlooper (Colorado), Duck Durbin (Illinois), Mark Warner (Virginia), Chris Coons (Delaware), Cory Booker (New Jersey), Ed Markey (Massachusetts), Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire), Jeff Merkley (Oregon), John Reed (Rhode Island), Ben Lujan (New Mexico). Raphael Warnock (Georgia) will go to a runoff.

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