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Sahil Kapur

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.

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Democrat Tammy Baldwin defeated Republican Tommy Thompson in a race to become the next senator from Wisconsin.

Fox News and CBS News called the contest Tuesday night for Baldwin, who will become America's the first openly gay senator -- a development that progressives and gay rights advocates immediately praised as the results trickled in.

"Tonight, at the end of a long and hard-fought campaign, we have won a huge victory for Wisconsin's middle class," Baldwin said in her victory speech. "Well, the people's voice was heard tonight, Wisconsin - and come January, your voice will be heard in the United States Senate."

"I am honored, and humbled, and grateful," she said. "And I am ready to get to work."

Both candidates characterized themselves as pragmatic moderates. Baldwin played up Thompson's role as a lobbyist since serving in the Bush administration, while Thompson invoked the goodwill he built up as governor and pledge to fight for Wisconsinites.

Baldwin has served as a congresswoman since 1999.

Thompson is a former governor of the state and top Bush administration health official.

Democrat Tim Kaine defeated Republican George Allen on Tuesday night in a close and widely watched Senate contest in Virginia.

CBS News and NBC called the race for Kaine, a former governor of Virginia and chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He ran as a pragmatic problem-solver in the important swing state and painted Allen as an ideologue wedded to the tea party.

"I've called Tim and congratulated him," Allen told his supporters during his concession speech, as he thanked them. "We still remain friends personally and that's an important thing. I've congratulated him and pledged my support as he takes on the task of [representing the people of Virginia]."

"It has been a long and difficult campaign," he said. "It's also been a joyful one."

Kaine will replace retiring one-term Sen. Jim Webb (D).

Allen is a former Virginia senator and governor.

Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly defeated Republican State Treasurer Richard Mourdock on Tuesday night to become the next senator from Indiana and likely drive a nail into the coffin of GOP hopes to retake control of the Senate.

Fox News and NBC called the race for Donnelly, who ran as a socially conservative pro-life Democrat and relentlessly characterized Mourdock as an extremist.

The result ends a close and at times dramatic contest, which gained national attention earlier this month when Mourdock stumbled over comments regarding rape in a televised debate.

Mourdock, who defeated longtime Sen. Dick Lugar (R) in the GOP primary, also drew criticism early in the general election for describing compromise as a process where Democrats ought to come around to the Republican worldview. He backed off that approach, but a steady campaign by the three-term Donnelly was enough to sink him.

Democrat Alan Grayson, the liberal firebrand who served one term before losing his seat in the 2010 Republican wave, was elected to the House again on Tuesday night.

He will return to Washington in Jan. to serve among Florida's congressional delegation.

Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy has defeated Republican Linda McMahon to become the next senator from Connecticut.

The Associated Press and CBS News called the race for Murphy on Tuesday night, a result that reflects recent polls that showed the Democrat with a lead.

He will replace Sen. Joe Lieberman (I).

McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2010. She ran as a fiscal conservative but hewed to the left on social issues like abortion.

Her campaign had a tense relationship with members of the press, and this week was caught distributing door-hangers in minority communities asking voters to support her and President Obama.

On Election Day, the McMahon campaign distributed flyers that asked voters to support her and Obama. It proved insufficient to defeat the congressman, who was first elected in 2006.

McMahon spent $50 million on her Senate run this cycle, according to the Center For Responsive Politics.

Republican Jeff Flake defeated Democrat Richard Carmona to become the next senator from Arizona, as multiple networks declared Tuesday night

He will replace retiring Sen. Jon Kyl, the No. 2 Republican in the chamber.

Democrat Tammy Baldwin has defeated Republican Tommy Thompson to become the next senator from Wisconsin.

CBS News and Fox News called the race Tuesday night. Baldwin will be America's first openly gay senator.

Democrat Tim Kaine defeated Republican George Allen in Virginia on Tuesday night as the GOP candidate conceded the race after CBS News called it.

"I've called Tim and congratulated him," Allen said. "We still remain friends personally and that's an important thing. I've congratulated him and pledged my support as he takes on the task of [representing the people of Virginia]."

"We must prevail as a nation -- as a whole."

Democrat Joe Donnelly was declared the winner in the Indiana Senate race, defeating Republican Richard Mourdock.

Fox News and NBC News projected the result Tuesday night.

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