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We now have a result in a key red state -- where Democrats have been saved the loss of the seat that was previously held by the late Dem Senator Robert Byrd since 1958 -- as Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin has defeated Republican businessman John Raese.

With 12% of precincts reporting, Manchin leads by 54%-43%, and has been projected as the winner by NBC News and Fox News.

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Unfortunately for Linda McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, she couldn't write the ending to this storyline. In the Connecticut Senate race, Democratic state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has defeated McMahon, the Republican nominee, in the contest to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd.

With less than 1% or precincts reporting, Blumenthal leads by 62%-36%, and has been projected as the winner by Fox News and NBC News. (Keep in mind that with so few precincts in, the margin is likely to fluctuate considerably throughout the night -- the current numbers are not final.)

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Marco Rubio, who has actually been compared to a young Barack Obama by excited Republicans, has ascended to the U.S. Senate from the state of Florida. Rubio has handily defeated both Gov. Charlie Crist, the independent candidate, and Rep. Kendrick Meek, the Democrat -- a three-way sweep that quite literally is the stuff GOP dreams are made of.

With 649 of 6,881 precincts reporting, Rubio leads Crist and Meek 51.6-28.9-19.5. CNN and Fox News have called the race for Rubio.

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The campaign of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley posted audio to its website today of what appears to be a misleading message being left for their supporters in the state.

"I'm calling to let everyone know that Gov. O'Malley and President Obama have been successful. Our goals have been met. The polls were correct, and we took [inaudible]," the message says. "We're okay. Relax. Everything is fine. The only thing left is to watch on TV tonight."

The robocalls reportedly went out sometime before 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, but the polls in Maryland don't close until 8 p.m.

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Get ready for two Pauls, one Congress. Rand Paul, son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), won the Kentucky Senate race tonight, according to the cable news networks. With just 103 out of 3,578 precincts reporting, Paul leads Democrat Jack Conway 54.7-45.3. MSNBC and CNN have called the race for the Republican.

The win means the controversial junior Senator from Kentucky, Jim Bunning, who often publicly scraps with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, will be replaced by another controversial junior Senator from Kentucky who got where he is today in part by publicly scrapping with McConnell already.

It may be no surprise, then, that Paul has said he intends to emulate Bunning's irascible nature, which led him to vote against TARP and hold up unemployment benefit extensions for months while even fellow members of his Republican caucus tried to stop him.

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Two years after becoming perhaps the most vocally maligned organization in the country, ACORN announced today it is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

The community organizing group has been in the process of dissolving for the better part of the year. In March, it announced it was folding as a national entity.

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After several biting back-and-forths, ABC News announced today that it is cutting conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart from ABC's election night coverage.

The network was the target of much blowback after it announced that Breitbart -- who had a role in Shirley Sherrod's firing and has supported James O'Keefe's video activism -- would take part in a town hall-style event in Phoenix.

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The plot has really thickened on that North Carolina GOP House candidate, B.J. Lawson, who ran an ad featuring a fake "Morgan Freeman" voiceover. It turns out that the GOP consultant who created the ad has a history of making a sales pitch to candidates: That he can get Morgan Freeman to record ads for them.

As Politico reports, Republican consultant Ben Mathis has also offered the voice of "Morgan Freeman" to a state Senate campaign in New York, plus the voice of Seinfeld actor and Family Feud host John O'Hurley.

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The Delaware elections commissioner told the Christine O'Donnell campaign to get their supporters to quiet down outside polling places, after receiving complaints that their pro-O'Donnell chants could be heard inside.

The elections commissioner, Elaine Manlove, tells TPMmuckraker that the O'Donnell campaign is sending out "advance teams" of supporters to polling places where the Senate candidate is scheduled to appear as part of a voter-greeting tour.

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