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U.S. Senate likely to remain Democratic, pundits concede

U.S. Senate likely to remain Democratic, pundits concede

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,

…as Manchin will either break his word on every campaign promise or become one of the chamber’s most conservative Democrats.

Nevertheless, the GOP’s best-case scenario to take control depended on West Virginia, as well as a few other long shots like California and Washington, where polls are still open.
–John Stodder

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