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Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte has flipped Montana's governor seat red against state Lieutenant Gov. Mike Cooney (D), AP projects.

  • Gianforte was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016. He rose to national attention in 2018 after body-slamming a reporter. He later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault.

The big picture: Gov. Steve Bullock (D) was ineligible to run because of term limits and is now running for the U.S. Senate. The Cook Political Report rated Gianforte's race as a toss-up.

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GOP Sen. Joni Ernst wins re-election in Iowa

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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) has won re-election against Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield, AP projects.

Why it matters: Democrats had hoped to flip Ernst's seat in their bid to win control of the Senate.

GOP Sen. John Cornyn wins Senate re-election in Texas

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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."

Updated Nov 4, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Mark Kelly unseats Republican Martha McSally in Arizona Senate race

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Former astronaut Mark Kelly (D) has defeated incumbent Sen. Martha McSally (R) in Arizona's race for the U.S. Senate, AP projects.

Why it matters: It's a crucial pickup for Democrats in their bid to take control of the Senate, which has turned increasingly unlikely as the night has progressed.