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Republicans hold the Senate in stunner

Republicans have clinched a dramatic, unexpected victory in the battle for the Senate.

With GOP presidential Donald Trump moving toward a stunning win, Senate Republicans staged their own startling upset by keeping their majority intact, despite a political landscape that strongly favored Democrats.

Tuesday’s outcome for Senate Republicans may only be slightly less momentous for the GOP than Trump’s looming victory. It gives them control of the Supreme Court for years to come, a huge issue for the conservative base. When combined with a favorable map in 2018, Republicans could be on the verge of building a majority that could last well the into next decade. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could go down as one of the most successful Republican leaders in years, while Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will leave office with his hopes of a Democratic majority crushed by his arch-rivals Trump and McConnell.

It was not the night Democrats had dreamed of for two years.

With GOP incumbents scoring huge victories in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Florida, while holding a big lead in Missouri, Republicans are set to begin the 115th Congress with a majority.

And Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey has surged ahead of Democrat Katie McGinty in by 25,000 votes, another surprising outcome.

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