Nov 11, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan wins re-election in Alaska

Picture of Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan.
Sen. Dan Sullivan. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK.) on Wednesday won re-election against Al Gross, an independent running as a Democrat, AP reports.

Why it matters: With the Alaska race results in, Republicans now have a 49-48 hold on the Senate. Neither party can claim the majority until the January runoff elections in Georgia.

  • AP has not projected the Senate race in North Carolina, saying the contest remains too close to call, but Democrat Cal Cunningham has already conceded to Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)

The big picture: Republicans need 51 seats to overcome a Democratic majority in the Senate. The VP of the party in power — which as of Jan. 20 will be Kamala Harris — is the tie-breaker, meaning if Republicans have 50 seats, Democrats control the Senate.

Data: AP; Chart: Naema Ahmed, Andrew Witherspoon, Danielle Alberti/Axios
Data: AP; Chart: Naema Ahmed, Andrew Witherspoon, Danielle Alberti/Axios
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