Democrats’ path to Senate leadership looks increasingly unlikely

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CBS News projected that one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the Senate, Maine’s Susan Collins, had won reelection. Without her seat, the Democrats’ path to a majority in the Senate looks increasingly unlikely.

As of Wednesday, Democrats had picked up one GOP-held seat, but Republicans had picked up a Democratic-held seat, meaning the Democrats had netted no new seats. CBS News estimated that as of Wednesday afternoon, Arizona’s GOP-held seat was leaning Democrat, giving the Democrats one more seat but falling short of the four needed to win a majority.

In many high-profile races, Democrats had significantly outraised Republicans, especially in Maine, Arizona and South Carolina, where all three challengers had shattered the previous fundraising record for a three-month period. 

In addition to Maine, Republicans held onto other seats in Montana, Texas and Iowa that Democrats had hoped to flip.

Neither race in Georgia had a declared winner as of Wednesday afternoon. In the special election for incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler’s seat, she advanced to a runoff along with Raphael Warnock. CBS News estimated the other race between incumbent Republican Senator, David Perdue, and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff was still a toss up. The runoff election will be in January. 

Democrats had also hoped to expand their House majority as well, but they had not gained seats they had aggressively targeted.

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