Rob Portman has been projected to defeat Lee Fisher for Ohio’s Senate seat – the race was called fairly soon after polls closed, no big surprise as Portman had massive leads in the days leading up to Election Day.
Marco Rubio has also been projected as the winner of Florida’s Senate race, beating out classy Dem Kendrick Meek and turncoat Charlie Crist. This is big for the GOP because Rubio has the personality, the charisma, and the communication ability to go with a strong conservative foundation that is sure to make him the next GOP rising star.
Rand Paul was also declared the winner in Kentucky, and Dan Coats has been projected as the GOP’s first official pickup in Indiana, taking control of Evan Bayh’s old seat. Arkansas is also a GOP pickup with Blanche Lincoln going down to defeat.
A couple of blue state defeats may have already crippled Republicans’ chances at winning the Senate. Christine O’Donnell has been projected to lose to Chris Coons in Delaware, and Linda McMahon is likewise slated to lose to Richard Blumenthal. The Senate may not fall tonight, but the House is still wide open for big, big Republican gains.
Best news so far: Alan Grayson has been kicked out. That’s one less classless blowhard in Congress.