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

Results: Democrats 53 seats, Republicans 47 seats


Pennsylvania 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent: Democrat Arlen Specter, five terms
Running for reelection, defeated in Democratic primary

RESULTS: Republican ultra-conservative former Rep. Pat Toomey was the victor in a very close, hard-fought election over Democratic progressive Rep. Joe Sestak, retired Rear Admiral and 30-year Navy veteran.

(See Profile of Rep. Joe Sestak, Senate Candidate from PA.)

South Carolina 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent: Republican Jim DeMint, one term
Running for reelection

RESULTS: As predicted, incumbent Republican Sen. Jim DeMint easily won over Democrat Alvin Green, "an unemployed 32-year-old black Army veteran with no campaign funds, no signs, and no website." Some top Democrats, including Rep. James Clyburn, alleged that Green was a Republican plant candidate.

Republican Sen. Jim DeMint is an ultra-conservative who was avidly supported by the Tea Party movement in his reelection bid.

South Dakota 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent: Republican John Thune, one term
Running for reelection

RESULTS:Republican incumbent Sen. John Thune ran unopposed for reelection to the U.S. Senate.

Utah 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent: Republican Bob Bennett, three terms
Running for reelection

RESULTS: As predicted for red-state Utah, Republican Mike Lee, Contitutional attorney backed by conservative activist, Tea Party-related group FreedomWorks cruised to easy double-digit victory over Democrat Sam Granato, a restaurant owner and chair of the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Months earlier the Wall Street Journal observed, "Attorney Mike Lee is all but guaranteed to be the next senator from Utah."

Vermont 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent: Democrat Patrick Leahy, six terms
Running for reelection

RESULTS: As projected, incumbent Sen. Patrick Leahy easily won reelection for his seventh six-year term as U.S. senator from Vermont.

Sen. Leahy, who won his 2004 reelection with 71% of the vote in blue-state Vermont, garnered more than 90% of the vote in winning the state Democratic nomination in his bid for a seventh term in the U.S. Senate.

Washington 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent: Democrat Patty Murray, three terms
Standing for reelection.

RESULTS: Incumbent Democratic Sen. Patty Murray won her bid for a fourth six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Murray defeated narrowly Dino Rossi, two-time gubernatorial candidate and former state legislator. Rossi lost Washington's 2004 gubernatorial election by only 133 votes, making the contest the closest gubernatorial race in U.S. history.

Murray won 2004 reelection with 55% of the vote.

Politics Daily accurately predicted, "Murray and Rossi each get the same level of high support from members of their own parties, while unaffiliated voters are almost evenly divided between the two.

West Virginia 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent: Democrat Robert Byrd, 9 terms as U.S. senator, died on June 28, 2010. He was replaced by Democrat Carte Goodwin who is not standing for 2010 election to the Senate.

RESULTS: Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin prevailed in a hard-fought race over Republican opponent John Raese, Chairman of the Board of West Virginia Radio Corporation, which owns 25 radio stations across the state.

Democrat Joe Manchin has been governor since 2005, and was state Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005. Manchin won West Virginia's Senate race in large part because he campaigned for reforms to President Obama's health care legislation and cap-and-trade environmental agenda.

Wisconsin 2010 U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent: Democrat Russ Feingold, three terms
Running for reelection

RESULTS: To the shock of progressive liberals, respected incumbent Democrat, Sen. Russ Feingold, lost his bid for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate.

The Republican victor was Libertarian businessman Ron Johnson who has spoken at Tea Party events, and advocates for health care reform repeal, reducing taxes, and increases in domestic oil-drilling. Republican Johnson boasts of being "a staunch defender of our right to keep and bear arms."

Sen. Feingold is a strong progressive and civil libertarian who won more than 55% of the vote in his 2004 reelection bid. See Profile of Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin.

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