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Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R), won the race for U.S. Senate, defeating Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) and ending a long climb for Ernst where she began as a long-shot candidate behind Republican Mark Jacobs and ended up as a rare unity candidate with the support of both the tea party and establishment wing of the GOP.

The race was called for Ernst at around 11:32 PM by Fox News and NBC.

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After looking like he was in deep trouble two months ago, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) completed his political comeback Tuesday with a victory over independent candidate Greg Orman, according to projections from Fox News and CBS News.

The story seems to be simple: Roberts's capmaign -- with some help from national Republicans -- was revitalized after the Democratic candidate Chad Taylor dropped out on Sept. 3 and polling showed Orman with a sizable lead.

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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) survived election night and will advance to a long-anticipated runoff election in Louisiana on Dec. 6.

NBC News and ABC News projected Tuesday night that she would face Republican Bill Cassidy, with the two are poised to come in first and second in Louisiana's "jungle primary" and neither clearing the 50 percent threshold. With some 3 percent of the vote reported, Cassidy led with 44 percent, while Landrieu had 41 percent and Republican Rob Maness with 11 percent.

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