Networks project that West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, will defeat Republican John Raese in the special election to replace the late Robert Byrd. According to the right-leaning Washington Examiner's Timothy P. Carney, Manchin's win renders GOP chances of taking control of the Senate, "impossible."
National Review's Jim Geraghty offers a silver lining for conservatives,
Social media has been a wild card in presidential politics since at least 2003, when liberal, tech-savvy activists used blogs and early social networks to lift from obscurity Gov. Howard Dean’s anti-war challenge to front-runner Sen. John Kerry.
But so far, social media has played a minimal role in the most decisive campaign news events – the presidential and vice presidential debates held in the final weeks of the campaign.