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.