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Democratic Sen. Inouye re-elected to 9th term

Democratic Sen. Inouye re-elected to 9th term

Sen. Daniel Inouye has won a ninth term after coasting to victory over a Republican with little money or name recognition.
The 86-year-old Democrat is the most senior U.S. senator and is chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. With Democrats maintaining control of the Senate, he will continue to be able to wield enormous control over how federal money is spent.
Inouye hasn't said whether this term will be his last, but he also said he hopes another Hawaii Democrat is prepared to take over when he decides to leave office.
As president pro tempore of the Senate, Inouye is third in line for the presidency.
Inouye defeated Republican Cam Cavasso. He raised more than $5.1 million over the last six years, compared to $252,000 for Cavasso since January 2009.