Sahil Kapur

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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.

As expected, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) will win reelection, CNN projected Tuesday evening.

He was the strong favorite to defeat Republican nominee John Raese.

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders has won reelection in Vermont, CNN projected Tuesday evening.

He was widely expected to win in the solidly liberal state.

During a halftime interview on Monday Night Football, Mitt Romney was asked what he'd change in sports if he had one choice.

"It has to be the specter of drugs -- and performance enhancing drugs of all kinds," he said. "We have to continue to battle that. We have to make sure that our technology keeps up with the people that are trying to skirt around the law. ... We're going to have to change the culture that says to people, using performance enhancing drugs is acceptable. It is simply not."


In a halftime interview during Monday Night Football, President Obama likened political reporters to sports journalists.

"Political reporters are a lot like sports reporters," he said. "You lose a game and you're a bum. You win a game, you're a God. You know, the truth is, just like in sports, in politics we're all human, we make mistakes. Sometimes we perform well. But the key is to just stay focused on what it is that you're doing."