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 dylan@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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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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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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An Alabama school district hired an ex-FBI agent and paid him six figures to investigate the social media activity of students, which eventually led to more than a dozen students being expelled, according to al.com.

Huntsville City Schools paid Chris McRae $157,000 for school security improvements, which included the social media investigation. As a result of his findings, 14 students -- 12 of whom were African-American -- were expelled last year, according to records obtained by the news outlet.

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Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) has taken flack from Republicans and editorial boards for, in their eyes, making his campaign all about women's issues. The TV ad deluge has gotten so intense that he's picked up the moniker "Mark Uterus." But now he is getting it openly from his own supporters, too.

The Guardian reported on Monday on a campaign event over the weekend during which Udall was heckled by a Democratic donor on the topic.

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Republican candidate Cory Gardner's lead over Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) has shrunk significantly in the final days of the Colorado Senate campaign, a new poll found.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Monday put Gardner up by 2 points, 45 percent to 43 percent. That is down from the 7-point Garnder lead, 46 percent to 39 percent, that the pollster found last week.

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Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) is slipping behind independent Greg Orman in the Kansas Senate race, according to a new Fox News poll released Saturday.

Fox News gave Orman a small lead over Roberts, 44 percent to 43 percent. That's a significant reversal from the pollster's last survey of the race in early October, which showed Roberts with a 5-point lead, 44 percent to 39 percent.

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Federal civil rights charges are unlikely to be brought against Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, the Washington Post reported Friday, citing anonymous sources. But the Justice Department is pushing back strongly against the report, calling it "irresponsible."

Law enforcement officials told the Post that the Justice investigation hadn't yielded the evidence necessary to bring any federal civil rights charges against Wilson.

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