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Sen. John Cornyn (R) has won re-election in Texas, warding off a competitive challenge from Democrat M.J. Hegar, AP projects.

Why it matters: Democrats had hoped to flip the seat in an effort to win back control of the Senate, in a year when many were optimistic about the party's chances in the increasingly purple Texas. Polls consistently showed Cornyn with a moderate lead, while Cook Political Report rated the race as "leans Republican."

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

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Senate action on stimulus bill continues as Dems reach deal on jobless aid

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Democratic leaders struck an agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) on emergency unemployment insurance late Friday, clearing the way for Senate action on President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package to resume after an hours-long delay.

The state of play: The Senate will now work through votes on a series of amendments that are expected to last overnight into early Saturday morning.

Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.