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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.

Articles by Sahil

After blowing two historic opportunities in 2010 and 2012 to claim control of the Senate, Republicans finally seized their moment on Tuesday night, winning control of the chamber after eight uninterrupted years of Democratic rule.

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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) survived election night and will advance to a long-anticipated runoff election in Louisiana on Dec. 6.

NBC News and ABC News projected Tuesday night that she would face Republican Bill Cassidy, with the two are poised to come in first and second in Louisiana's "jungle primary" and neither clearing the 50 percent threshold. With some 3 percent of the vote reported, Cassidy led with 44 percent, while Landrieu had 41 percent and Republican Rob Maness with 11 percent.

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It's not easy moving to a new state and defeating a popular senator, as Scott Brown (R) learned the hard way on Tuesday night when he fell to New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D).

The race was called by ABC News and NBC News for Shaheen, denying the GOP what would have been a huge upset.

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Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell comfortably won reelection victory on Tuesday night in an unexpectedly hard-fought Kentucky race, enjoying a consolidation of long-undecided GOP and independent voters in the final stretch.

Now he's eying his career-long dream of becoming Senate majority leader, which appears likely on Jan. 3.

The race was called for McConnell within one minute of the polls closing by NBC News and CNN.

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