Democrats keep grasp on control of Senate

  • Democrat Elizabeth Warren, center, waves to the crowd with her husband Bruce Mann, left,  during an election night rally at the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel in Boston after Warren defeated incumbent GOP Sen. Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Democrat Elizabeth Warren, center, waves to the crowd with her husband Bruce Mann, left, during an election night rally at the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel in Boston after Warren defeated incumbent GOPSen. Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., center, waves to the crowd at the conclusion of a concession speech as his daughter Ayla Brown, left, applauds and wife Gail Huff, right, waves at an election night watch party in a hotel in Boston, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Brown lost to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in his bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., center, waves to the crowd at the conclusion of a concession speech as his daughter Ayla Brown, left, applauds and wife Gail Huff, right, waves at an election night watch party in a hotel in Boston, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Brown lost to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in his bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Democratic senate candidate former Gov. Timothy Kaine, celebrates his win over Republican George Allen during his victory party in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)Democratic senate candidate former Gov. Timothy Kaine, celebrates his win over Republican George Allen during his victory party in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
  • U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., waves to supporters after making her a victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Baldwin beat former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson in the race for Wisconsin's U.S. Senate seat. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., waves to supporters after making her a victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Baldwin beat former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson in the race for Wisconsin's U.S. Senate seat. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., center, thanks the crowd after being re-elected to the U.S. Senate, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Providence, R.I.. Whitehoues's wife Sandra, right, son Alexander, left, and daughter Molly, second left, applaud. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., center, thanks the crowd after being re-elected to the U.S. Senate, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Providence, R.I.. Whitehoues's wife Sandra, right, son Alexander, left, and daughter Molly, second left, applaud. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
  • While carrying his 5-year-old granddaughter Keira Wade, Kevin Wade, center, Delawareís GOP nominee for the United States Senate, concedes to his opponent, Democratic incumbent Sen. Tom Carper during election night, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, Del. Wade's family stands next to him for support: wife Gail, right, his daughter Lauren, left, with her husband Anton and their 1-year-old son Owen. (AP Photo/Ron Soliman)While carrying his 5-year-old granddaughter Keira Wade, Kevin Wade, center, Delawareís GOP nominee for the United States Senate, concedes to his opponent, Democratic incumbent Sen. Tom Carper during election night, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, Del. Wade's family stands next to him for support: wife Gail, right, his daughter Lauren, left, with her husband Anton and their 1-year-old son Owen. (AP Photo/Ron Soliman)
  • George Allen, joined by his family, gives his concession speech Tuesday night, Nov. 6, 2012, in Richmond, Va. Allen, a Republican, lost the race for the U.S. Senate seat to Democrat Tim Kaine. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dean Hoffmeyer)George Allen, joined by his family, gives his concession speech Tuesday night, Nov. 6, 2012, in Richmond, Va. Allen, a Republican, lost the race for the U.S. Senate seat to Democrat Tim Kaine. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dean Hoffmeyer)
  • U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson hugs supporters after conceding the election Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Pewaukee, Wis. Thompson ran against Democratic challenger Tammy Baldwin who won the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Herb Kohl. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson hugs supporters after conceding the election Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Pewaukee, Wis. Thompson ran against Democratic challenger Tammy Baldwin who won the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Herb Kohl. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
  • Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Paul Sadler, left, makes a concession speech at the Texas Democratic Party election watch party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Austin, Texas. With Sadler, from left, are his wife, Sherri, and sons Joel and Lee. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Paul Sadler, left, makes a concession speech at the Texas Democratic Party election watch party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Austin, Texas. With Sadler, from left, are his wife, Sherri, and sons Joel and Lee. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • West Virginia senate candidate John Raese greets supporters in Morgantown, W.Va., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.  (AP Photo/David Smith)West Virginia senate candidate John Raese greets supporters in Morgantown, W.Va., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/David Smith)
  • Dina Titus, D-Nev., speaks to supporters after wining the 1st Congressional District, Democratic House seat now held by Shelley Berkley, against opponent Chris Edwards, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Gurzinski)Dina Titus, D-Nev., speaks to supporters after wining the 1st Congressional District, Democratic House seat now held by Shelley Berkley, against opponent Chris Edwards, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Gurzinski)
  • U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., right, hugs a member of his campaign staff after he was declared the projected winner in his senate race, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., right, hugs a member of his campaign staff after he was declared the projected winner in his senate race, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Republican Richard Mourdock, a candidate for Indiana's U.S. Senate, pauses as he speaks to supporters at an Indiana Republican Party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Indianapolis. Mourdock was defeated by Democrat Joe Donnelly. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Republican Richard Mourdock, a candidate for Indiana's U.S. Senate, pauses as he speaks to supporters at an Indiana Republican Party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Indianapolis. Mourdock was defeated by Democrat Joe Donnelly. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
  • Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Linda McMahon thanks supporters in Stamford, Conn., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. McMahon conceded the race to Democratic opponent Chris Murphy for the Senate seat now held by Joe Lieberman, an independent who's retiring. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Linda McMahon thanks supporters in Stamford, Conn., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. McMahon conceded the race to Democratic opponent Chris Murphy for the Senate seat now held by Joe Lieberman, an independent who's retiring. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., smiles as she stands next to her husband, Joseph Shepard, while declaring victory over challenger Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., in the Missouri Senate race Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., smiles as she stands next to her husband, Joseph Shepard, while declaring victory over challenger Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., in the Missouri Senate race Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Connie Mack III, right, introduces his son U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV, center, during a watch party in Bonita Springs, Fla. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Mack conceded the Senate race to incumbent Bill Nelson. Nelson won even though he was up against a sitting congressman whose father once held the Senate seat _ and whose great-grandfather was a baseball Hall of Famer. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)Connie Mack III, right, introduces his son U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV, center, during a watch party in Bonita Springs, Fla. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Mack conceded the Senate race to incumbent Bill Nelson. Nelson won even though he was up against a sitting congressman whose father once held the Senate seat _ and whose great-grandfather was a baseball Hall of Famer. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
  • Wendy Long, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in New York, gives her concession speech to supporters on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Wendy Long, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in New York, gives her concession speech to supporters on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Linda Lingle hugs a supporter at her campaign headquarters, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Honolulu.  (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Linda Lingle hugs a supporter at her campaign headquarters, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
  • State Sen. Joe Kyrillos, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, with his daughter Georgia, wife Susan and son Max by his side, waves after giving his concedes to Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez, at his election night headquarters at Nanina's in the Park in Belleville, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)State Sen. Joe Kyrillos, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, with his daughter Georgia, wife Susan and sonMax by his side, waves after giving his concedes to Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez, at his election night headquarters at Nanina's in the Park in Belleville, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
  • Independent Angus King celebrates under a splash of champagne after winning the Senate seat vacated by Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Freeport, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Independent Angus King celebrates under a splash of champagne after winning the Senate seat vacated by Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Freeport, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
  • Watched by his son Henry, Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey delivers his concession speech at the Nebraska Democratic Party's election night gathering, in La Vista, Neb., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Kerrey lost his election bid to Republican Deb Fischer. Rear left is retiring Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)Watched by his son Henry, Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey delivers his concession speech at the Nebraska Democratic Party's election night gathering, in La Vista, Neb., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Kerrey lost his election bid to Republican Deb Fischer. Rear left is retiring Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
  • Democratic canidate for Senator-elect Tim Kaine, his wife, Anne Holton, center, and daughter, Annella wave before giving his victory speech in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Kaine also defeated Republican George Allen on Tuesday, keeping both of Virginia's Senate seats in Democratic hands.  (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)Democratic canidate for Senator-elect Tim Kaine, his wife, Anne Holton, center, and daughter, Annella wave before giving his victory speech in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Kaine also defeated Republican George Allen on Tuesday, keeping both of Virginia's Senate seats in Democratic hands. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)
  • Scott Howell, candidate for U.S. Senate, hugs his wife Linda Howell after he delivered his concession speech during the democrat's election night watch party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)Scott Howell, candidate for U.S. Senate, hugs his wife Linda Howell after he delivered his concession speech during the democrat's election night watch party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)
  • Nevada Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-Nev., speaks to supporters after winning the new 4th Congressional District, against Danny Tarkanian, R-NV. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at the Mandalay Bat Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Gurzinski)Nevada Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-Nev., speaks to supporters after winning the new 4th Congressional District, against Danny Tarkanian, R-NV. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at the Mandalay Bat Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Gurzinski)
  • Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra stands with his wife, Diane, while giving a concession speech, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Grand Rapids, Mich. Incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow was elected to a third term. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra stands with his wife, Diane, while giving a concession speech, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Grand Rapids, Mich. Incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow was elected to a third term. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
  • Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, left, shares a moment with his wife, Lynne Heller after speaking to the media about his win over challenger Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev. to be re-elected to the Senate, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, left, shares a moment with his wife, Lynne Heller after speaking to the media about his win over challenger Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev. to be re-elected to the Senate, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
  • Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp, center, talks as she greets elections volunteers Stef Claus, left, and Matt Traylor in Fargo, N.D, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.  Heitkamp is running against Republican Rick Berg for the North Dakota's U.S Senate seat. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp, center, talks as she greets elections volunteers Stef Claus, left, and Matt Traylor in Fargo, N.D, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Heitkamp is running against Republican Rick Berg for the North Dakota's U.S Senate seat. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and his wife Cheryl, wave during an election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at a hotel in Phoenix. Flake is seeking retiring Sen. Jon Kyl's Senate seat along with democratic challenger Richard Carmona. (AP Photo/Matt York) U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and his wife Cheryl, wave during an election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at a hotel in Phoenix. Flake is seeking retiring Sen. Jon Kyl's Senate seat along with democratic challenger Richard Carmona. (AP Photo/Matt York)
  • State Rep. Deb Fischer, R-Lincoln, gestures to supporters during an election night party in Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Fischer has been elected to the U.S. Senate, completing a remarkable eight-year journey from little-known state legislator. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)State Rep. Deb Fischer, R-Lincoln, gestures to supporters during an election night party in Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Fischer has been elected to the U.S. Senate, completing a remarkable eight-year journey from little-known state legislator. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)
  • Democrat Joe Donnelly celebrates with his wife Jill after winning the U.S. Senate seat over Republican Richard Mourdock at an election night celebration in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Democrat Joe Donnelly celebrates with his wife Jill after winning the U.S. Senate seat over Republican Richard Mourdock at an election night celebration in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
  • Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Ted Cruz celebrates with his wife Heidi during a victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Houston. Cruz defeated Democrat Paul Sadler to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Ted Cruz celebrates with his wife Heidi during a victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Houston. Cruz defeated Democrat Paul Sadler to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • ** FILE ** Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Dan Bongino shakes hands with a supporter at the Republican election party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Linthicum, Md. Also pictured at right is Paula Bongino and Amelia Bongino.(AP Photo/Gail Burton).** FILE ** Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Dan Bongino shakes hands with a supporter at the Republican election party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Linthicum, Md. Also pictured at right is Paula Bongino and Amelia Bongino.(AP Photo/Gail Burton).
  • Minnesota Senate candidate Kurt Bills address the crowd at Republican Election headquarters, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Bloomington, Minn. Bills lost the election to incumbent Sen. Amy Klobuchar. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)Minnesota Senate candidate Kurt Bills address the crowd at Republican Election headquarters, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Bloomington, Minn. Bills lost the election to incumbent Sen. Amy Klobuchar. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

Republicans had to deal with retirements only in Arizona, Texas and Maine. But the GOP’s plans suffered huge setbacks when its candidates in Missouri, Rep. W. Todd Akin, and in Indiana, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, made controversial remarks about rape and abortion.

Mr. Akin, seeking to oust Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill, told an interviewer in August that women’s bodies have a way of rejecting pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.” Mrs. McCaskill retained her seat.

Mr. Mourdock, who defeated six-term Sen. Richard G. Lugar in the GOP primary, said during a televised debate last month that a pregnancy resulting from rape was something “God intended.” He lost to Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly.

Other Senate races included the contest in Nebraska to replace retiring Democrat Ben Nelson, who opted not to run after casting the deciding vote for President Obama’s health-care bill in 2010. Republican state Sen. Deb Fischer defeated Democrat Bob Kerrey, a former senator and governor. For much of the campaign, the Republican had led in the polls.

In North Dakota, Democrats nominated former state attorney general Heidi Heitkamp to replace retiring Sen. Kent Conrad, a Democrat first elected in 1986. Republicans nominated Rep. Rick Berg, who had led in most polls.

In Wisconsin, Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin, an openly gay member of Congress, won the race to replace retiring Democrat Herb Kohl, defeating former Republican Gov. Tommy G. Thompson, who acknowledged not having much energy for a vigorous campaign.

In Montana, Democratic Sen. Jon Tester appeared headed to victory over Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg, the state’s lone congressman. Mr. Rehberg, a former lieutenant governor, lost a bid for the Senate in 1996 to incumbent Democrat Max Baucus.

Republicans were fighting to hold onto the Senate seat in Nevada, where incumbent Sen. Dean Heller was running against Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley.

In Pennsylvania, a late charge by Republican nominee Tom Smith, who made a personal fortune in the coal industry, fizzled against Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, son of the late governor.

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