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Democrats struggle to limit US Senate losses

 Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold meets with Democratic volunteers on Monday, Nov.  1, 2010, as they make get-out-the-vote calls on his behalf in Milwauke...
 Republican U.S. Senate challenger Ron Johnson thanks a supporter for making phone calls on his behalf on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, at a GOP campaign offi...
 U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., center, campaigns near the Crittenden County Court House in Marion, Ark., Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Danny Jo...
 U.S. Rep. John Boozman, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks with Vera Simonetti during a campaign stop in West Memphis, Ark., Monday, Nov. 1...
 Delaware Republican U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell walks out after voting with her sister Jennie O'Donnell, left, after voting Tuesday, No...
 Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul leans to kiss his wife Kelley after they voted in Bowling Green, Ky., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.  (AP Phot...
 Sen. Barbara Boxer, accompanied by her husband Stewart, right, stops  into the Oakland Grill, a favorite eatery, to thank supporters on this Election...
 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. talks to campaign workers at his campaign headquarters in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Jae C...
 California Republican Senate Carly Fiorina casts her ballot at a polling place in Los Altos Hills, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. Fiorina, the former...

Wisconsin Senate

Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold meets with Democratic volunteers on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, as they make get-out-the-vote calls on his behalf in Milwauke...

Wisconsin Senate

Republican U.S. Senate challenger Ron Johnson thanks a supporter for making phone calls on his behalf on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, at a GOP campaign offi...

Arkansas Senate

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., center, campaigns near the Crittenden County Court House in Marion, Ark., Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Danny Jo...

Arkansas Senate

U.S. Rep. John Boozman, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks with Vera Simonetti during a campaign stop in West Memphis, Ark., Monday, Nov. 1...

Delaware Senate

Delaware Republican U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell walks out after voting with her sister Jennie O'Donnell, left, after voting Tuesday, No...

Kentucky Senate

Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul leans to kiss his wife Kelley after they voted in Bowling Green, Ky., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Phot...

California Senate

Sen. Barbara Boxer, accompanied by her husband Stewart, right, stops into the Oakland Grill, a favorite eatery, to thank supporters on this Election...

APTOPIX Nevada Senate Reid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. talks to campaign workers at his campaign headquarters in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Jae C...

California Senate

California Republican Senate Carly Fiorina casts her ballot at a polling place in Los Altos Hills, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. Fiorina, the former...

Opposition Republicans expected to cut deeply into Democrats' majority in the U.S. Senate in national balloting on Tuesday, but could fall short of winning control.
If Republicans can wrest 10 seats from the Democrats without losing any of their own, they will be the Senate's new majority party. A nine-seat gain in the 100-seat upper chamber would produce a 50-50 tie that Vice President Joe Biden, the Senate's official president, would break in the Democrats' favor.
Although the Republicans are widely expected to capture the U.S. House of Representatives, which is the lower legislative body, they face a tougher fight in the Senate where Democrats now hold control with an effective 59-seat majority, including two independents, while Republicans hold 41 seats. Thirty-seven of the 100 seats are being contested.
President Barack Obama is not on the ballot in the so-called midterm election, which is being held midway through his four-year elective term. But his policies are front and center with voters _ and preliminary exit polls indicate that more than half of voters are upset about the state of the economy and shortage of jobs.
Loss of the Senate majority could make it harder for Obama to get his legislative agenda enacted and slow the approval of his nominees for public office.
Early results went in favor of the Republicans.
Shortly after polls closed, tea party favorite Rand Paul appeared headed to the U.S. Senate from Kentucky.
Former Republican Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana, a former ambassador to Germany, picked off a Democratic-held seat and was on his way back to Senate after more than a decade's absence. And South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, a conservative leader who boosted tea party candidates, has won a second term.
Meanwhile, Vermont Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy won a seventh term.
In the Senate, the four closest races appear to be for Democratic-held seats in Nevada, Colorado, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
In Nevada, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid faces a tough challenge from newcomer Sharron Angle, a favorite of the ultraconservative tea party movement that has jolted American politics with its call for a drastically smaller government and lower taxes.
An Angle win over Reid would mark a spectacular achievement for tea partiers, which maintains an uneasy relationship with the Republican Party.
Republican Ken Buck of Colorado, another tea party favorite, has run a neck-and-neck race against Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, appointed to fill the remaining term of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar but running a strong campaign in his first-ever race.
The race to fill the open Illinois Senate seat once held by Obama pits Republican Mark Kirk, a five-term House member, against state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, who has Obama's backing.
In Pennsylvania, Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak beat Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter in the Senate primary, but he has struggled against Republican nominee Pat Toomey.
Republicans seem almost certain to pick up Senate seats in North Dakota and Indiana _ where Democrats are retiring _ and in Arkansas, where two-term Sen. Blanche Lincoln has trailed Republican Rep. John Boozman in polls.
Less likely, but still possible, is a Republican win in California, where veteran liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer faces former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina.
Another closely watched race is in Delaware.
Democrats are likely to hold onto Biden's old Senate seat in Delaware, because Republicans nominated tea party-backed Christine O'Donnell instead of a more moderate candidate. O'Donnell's quirky comments in old TV interviews _ including an admission that she once dabbled in witchcraft _ made her the target of late-night comedians. Her attempts to defend herself haven't helped. In one TV ad, she declared, "I'm not a witch."


Updated : 2021-07-27 14:50 GMT+08:00