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Eric Lach

Eric Lach is a reporter for TPM. From 2010 to 2011, he was a news writer in charge of the website?s front page. He has previously written for The Daily, NewYorker.com, GlobalPost and other publications. He can be reached at ericl@talkingpointsmemo.com

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1||Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin has defeated Republican businessman John Raese in West Virginia, one of the few bright spots for Democrats during an otherwise rough night.

America chose a lot of other new senators last night. Here they are.||Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Newscom&&

2||Republican Rand Paul, a Tea Party favorite, beat Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky, one of the most high-profile races in the country.||ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

3||Republican Marco Rubio won out in a three-way race for Senate in Florida, beating Gov. Charlie Crist (I) and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D).||Martin Fried/UPI/Newscom&&

4||Despite the national attention given to Republican Christine O'Donnell, Democrat Chris Coons won handily in Delaware. ||flickr/chriscoons&&

5||Democrat Richard Blumenthal bested former WWE CEO Linda McMahon (R) in Connecticut, keeping a Democrat in Sen. Chris Dodd's seat.||Richard Messina/MCT/Newscom&&

6||After beating Democrat Tracy Porter, Republican John Hoeven will be North Dakota's first Republican senator in 24 years.||Roll Call Photos/Newscom&&

7||In Kansas, Republican Rep. Jerry Moran -- a 14-year veteran of the House -- beat Democrat Lisa Johnston||Moran for Kansas&&

8||Republican John Boozman gave the GOP a boost when he beat incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) in Arkansas.||newscom/Bill Clark/Roll Call Photos&&

9||Republican Dan Coats -- a former senator-turned-lobbyist -- beat Democrat Brad Ellsworth in Indiana for Sen. Evan Bayh's seat.||facebook/CoatsforIndiana&&

10||In the battle for Sen. Judd Gregg's seat, former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte (R) beat Democrat Paul Hodes.||facebook/kellyayotte&&

11||Former Rep. Rob Portman (R) beat Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) in Ohio.||facebook/robportman&&

12||Progressive icon Sen. Russ Feingold fell to Republican businessman Ron Johnson in Wisconsin.||ronjohnson2010&&

13||Republican Rep. Mark Kirk won his battle with Alexi Giannoulias, snatching President Obama's old Senate seat away from the Democrats.||Chris Walker/MCT/Newscom&&

14||Former Republican Rep. Roy Blunt beat Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D).||facebook/royblunt&&

15||Republican Mike Lee handily beat Democratic restaurateur Sam Granato in Utah||flickr/mikeleeforsenate2010&&

16||In a tough race, Republican Pat Toomey beat Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania.||newscom/John Anderson/UPI&&

There are still votes to count, and the tally remains close. But Sen. Michael Bennet is declaring victory over Republican Ken Buck in the Colorado Senate race.

With 2,884 of 3,246 precincts reporting, Bennet leads 47.72%-46.81%. The Denver Post and 9News have both declared Bennet the winner, though the Post notes that if the final vote totals are within .5% of each other, an automatic recount will be required.

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Republican Rep. Mark Kirk was won the Illinois Senate race over Alexi Giannoulias, and snatched President Obama's old seat away from the Democrats.

With 10,838 of 11,209 precincts reporting, Kirk leads Giannoulias 49.56%-47.15%. The AP and MSNBC have called the race for Kirk.

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Democrat John Hickenlooper has won the Colorado gubernatorial race, successfully overcoming a late charge by American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo.

With 324 of 3,246 precincts reporting, Hickenlooper (55.94%) leads Tancredo (35.27%) and Republican Dan Maes (8.79%). MSNBC and FOX have called the race for Hickenlooper.

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Republican House minority leader John Boehner has been using a dumb--trust me, really dumb--line involving Johnny Cash in some recent speeches. Cash's daughter Roseanne doesn't think much of that. And she let Boehner know, by calling him "asshat."

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Longtime fans of Countdown may have been disappointed to learn tonight that one of the franchise segments, "Worst Persons," is no longer - at least for the time being. Why? Well as host Keith Olbermann explains in the segment below, its original reason for being (Tucker Carlson?) no longer seems relevant. Oh, and it's probably more than just a coincidence that Jon Stewart held up Olbermann as an example of the divisive nature of cable news (among many others) during the Rally to Restore Sanity.

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Yesterday, Sarah Palin lashed out after a Politico story cited anonymous "advisers to the main 2012 presidential contenders" and "other veteran Republican operatives" saying that after the midterm elections, they'll embark on a "common, if uncoordinated" mission to halt the former half-term governor's political momentum going into the 2012 presidential election.

In an e-mail to The Daily Caller today, Palin called out Politico: "I suppose I could play their immature, unprofessional, waste-of-time game, too, by claiming these reporters and politicos are homophobe, child molesting, tax evading, anti-dentite, puppy-kicking, chain smoking porn producers...really, they are... I've seen it myself...but I'll only give you the information off-the-record, on deep, deep background; attribute these 'facts' to an 'anonymous source' and I'll give you more."

Meanwhile, some 2012 president contenders and veteran Republican operatives have gone on the record rallying to Palin's support and denouncing the article and its anonymous sources.

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