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2010 U.S. Senate Election Results - The Winners and Losers

Results: Democrats 53 seats, Republicans 47 seats

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Missouri 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent: Republican Kit Bond, four terms
Not running for reelection

RESULTS: Six-term Republican Rep. Roy Blunt easily defeated Democratic Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to become U.S. senator from Missouri.

Democrat Carnahan lost in large due to Missouri voters sending "a sharp rebuke to President Barack Obama's health care law" that "sent a clear message of discontent to the White House and Democratic-led Congress," per Missouri press.

Nevada 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent: Democrat Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, four terms
Running for reelection

RESULTS: Democratic incumbent Sen Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader and a senator since 1987, narrowly defeated ultra-conservative Republican Sharron Angle, an avowed Tea Party member and former member of the state legislature.

During the primary campaign, in particular, Angle supported a wide range of very radical positions, including abolishment of all Social Security and a total ban on all abortions.

See Profile of Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, Senate Majority Leader.

For more, see Nevadan Harry Reid Will Be Reelected to Fifth Senate Term.

New Hampshire 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent: Republican Judd Gregg, three terms
Not running for reelection

RESULTS: Republican Kelly Ayotte, state Attorney General from 2004 to 2009, won over Democratic opponent one-term Rep. Paul Hodes, former New Hampshire governor.

Ayotte, who was named 2008 Citizen of the Year by the New Hampshire Union Leader, was endorsed by Sarah Palin even though Ayotte is not a Tea Party movement member. Ayotte's husband is "an Iraq war veteran who flew combat missions over Iraq."

Democrat Hodes supported health care reform legislation which was quite unpopular with New Hampshire voters.

New York 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent: Democrat Chuck Schumer, two terms
Running for reelection

RESULTS: Incumbent Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer won reelection to a third-term as U.S. senator from New York over Republican Jay Townsend, former Wall Street analyst who owns a market research and consulting firm.

Republican Townsend had campaigned on a platform that "The TEA Party movement is exactly what America needed to help put this great nation back on the right course."

Sen. Schumer won his 2004 reelection bid with more than 71% of the statewide vote, and is quite popular and respected in Democratic blue-state New York.

New York 2010 U.S. Senate Race - Partial Term

Incumbent: Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, took office on January 26, 2009, succeeding Hillary Clinton who resigned to become Secretary of State,
Running for election

RESULTS: Incumbent Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand defeated Republican Joe DioGuardi, a CPA and former two-term Congressman. DioGuardi is the father of American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi.

Before succeeding Hillary Clinton as U.S. senator from New York, Gillibrand served from 2007 to 2009 as Congresswoman from New York’s 20th district, and from 1992 to 1999 as Special Counsel, Housing & Urban Development during the Clinton administration.

North Carolina 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent: Republican Richard Burr, one term
Running for reelection

RESULTS: Incumbent Republican Sen. Richard Burr won over Democrat Elaine Marshall, state Secretary of State since 1997 and a former public school teacher.

Republican Burr is the first U.S. Senator from North Carolina reelected to a second term in more than forty years.

North Dakota 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent: Democrat Byron Dorgan, three terms
In a surprise statement on January 5, 2010, Dorgan announced that he's not running for reelection.

RESULTS: Popular three-term Republican Gov. John Hoeven easily defeated his Democratic opponent, State Senator Tracy Potter, to be North Dakota's next U.S. senator. Democrat Potter is a historian and former non-profit director.

Republican John Hoeven is the first Republican U.S. senator elected from North Dakota since 1981.

Ohio 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent: Republican George Voinovich, two terms
Not running for reelection

RESULTS: Republican Rob Portman, a former former six-term Congressman, prevailed over Democrat Lee Fisher, Ohio's Lieutenant Governor.

Republican Rob Portman, who was on the Republican vice-presidential candidate shortlist in 2000, served as Director of the Office of Management and Budget ("OMB") for a year under President George W. Bush.

Oklahoma 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent: Republican Tom Coburn, one term
Running for reelection

RESULTS: Republican incumbent Sen. Tom Coburn easily won over Democrat Jim Rogers, a retired professor, and Republican-turned-Independent, Stephen Wallace.

Sen. Tom Coburn, a medical doctor and both a fiscal and social conservative, is well-liked in red-state Oklahoma. He won 53% of the vote in 2004.

Oregon 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent: Democrat Ron Wyden, two terms
Running for reelection

Opponents: As expected in blue-state Oregon, popular incumbent Democratic Sen.Ron Wyden won easily a third six-year term in the U.S. Senate over Republican opponent James Huffman, law professor at Lewis and Clark College in Portland since 1973. Huffman was Dean of the Lewis and Clark Law School from 1994 to 2006.

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