Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He previously reported for Governing magazine in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized with a 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors award for Best Feature Series and a 2010 Associated Press Society of Ohio award for Best Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has made a habit of attacking Hillary Clinton as he positions himself for a 2016 presidential run, and he is turning up the heat after Republican spanked Democrats in the 2014 midterms.

The outcome wasn't just a judgment of President Barack Obama — it was a "repudiation" of Clinton, too, Paul said Wednesday morning on CNN.

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With a midterm campaign in which $4 billion was spent to help flip the Senate from Democrats to Republicans, the Brookings Institution has come out with a new ranking of America's most politically influential billionaires.

A familiar pair of names is still No. 1: Charles and David Koch. They spent at least $290 million on the 2014 cycle, Brookings said.

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With few exceptions, 2014 turned out to be the worst possible scenario for Democrats. The Senate is not only back in the hands of Republicans, but with a margin of seats over Democrats that only the most optimistic scenarios envisioned. Governorships that Democrats expected to wrest from Republicans proved out of their reach, but worse yet they stunningly lost gubernatorial races in solidly blue states.

Heading into Election Day, everybody seemed to agree that Republicans had the edge, but it could go either way. Democrats had a plausible if unlikely path to Senate victory, and a promised silver lining in red state governor races. But at midnight on Wednesday, that conventional wisdom looks almost laughably dated. Republicans won almost every meaningful race and, even in a few where they lost, they made Democrats sweat more than anyone expected.

Ousting Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) and avoiding what would have been an unbelievable upset of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) are about the only small morsels that Democrats can hold onto. Otherwise, the map couldn't have been any worse for Democrats -- or better for Republicans.

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UPDATE: 12:50 p.m. ET: The Associated Press has called the election for Van Hollen.

UPDATE: 12:31 p.m. ET: Van Hollen has pulled out to an 8-point lead with two-thirds of precincts reporting.

In a sign of how brutal the 2014 Election Day has been for Democrats, top House Democrat Chris Van Hollen is now clinging to a small lead in the Maryland 8th congressional district.

Van Hollen, ranking member of the Budget Committee and one of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's top deputies, leads Republican Dave Wallace, 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent as of 12 a.m. Wednesday.

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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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Republicans have picked up another Senate seat in their quest for a majority, with Republican Mike Rounds beating Democrat Rick Weiland and independent Larry Pressler to succeed retiring Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD), according to projections from CNN, Fox News and the Associated Press.

Despite a brief glimmer of hope for Democrats earlier this month, the South Dakota Senate race has ended as everyone expected it would. And Weiland's supporters are laying the blame for the seat's flip, as Rounds takes over for retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and national Democrats for their lack of commitment to the race.

The tension between the Weiland campaign and the national party has been simmering for months upon months. Reid and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) openly battled over the contest, with Daschle getting his preferred candidate in former aide Weiland. Ever since, the Weiland campaign, from the candidate down, have interpreted every move by the national party as an attempt to undermine his candidacy.

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Colorado Democrats are monitoring one key turnout number as the Senate results come in there: 2 million.

That's how many voters they think need to cast ballots to give Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) a chance at beating the polling averages and topping Republican Cory Gardner in one of the most important Senate races in the country, according to multiple sources familiar with the race.

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This post has been updated.

The campaign for Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) is seizing on Vice President Joe Biden's comments in an Election Day interview in a huge last-day effort to portray Greg Orman as a closet Democrat in what could end up being the closest Senate race in the country.

The Roberts campaign is spinning Biden's comments in a radio interview with WPLR in New Haven, Conn., in which Biden said that Orman "will be with us." The core of Roberts' strategy has been to paint Orman as a secret Democrat, while Orman has strained to maintain his independence.

A source with the Roberts campaign told TPM that the campaign would contact one million voters on Tuesday with automated calls featuring the comments.

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