As anticipated going into Election Day, many of the Senate seats up for reelection were expected to be Safe Republican. Out of a total of 34 seats, 24 are held by Republicans. This might seem like a big opportunity for Democrats interested in having a Congress sympathetic to the potential Clinton agenda, but many of these seats were never going to be easy or even plausible for a Democrat to win.
For example, in Alabama, sitting Senator Richard Shelby (R) won by comfortable margins, his 65% of the vote mirroring the top of the ticket’s winning margin in his state. The same story is unfolding in other firewall states for Republicans.
Jerry Moran (R — Kansas), Johnny Isakson (R — Georgia), John Boozman (R — Arkansas), James Lankford (R — Oklahoma), and Tim Scott (R — South Carolina) are cruising comfortably to reelection, all in red states.
One interesting race and one that Democrats in particular were holding out hope for was the one in Indiana, where native son and former Governor Evan Bayh (D) was defeated convincingly by Senator-elect Todd Young (R).
Bayh’s foray into D.C. lobbying seems to have worked against him in an election year defined by voters general skepticism of the relationship between politicians and the corporate bourgeoisie.
Meanwhile, in North Carolina, another agonizing Senate race has been called for the Republicans, with networks projecting a narrow victory for incumbent Republican Richard Burr over Democratic challenger Deborah Ross.