Where the Most Hotly Contested Senate Races Currently Stand

Democratic Sen. Gary Peters won in Michigan, while Republican Sen. Susan Collins earned a victory in Maine

Sen. Gary Peters. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

There are a number of hotly contested Senate seats in tonight’s election. Follow along here for the results.

Jon Ossoff and David Perdue bring a second runoff to Georgia

Republican Sen. Perdue’s share of the vote remains below 50% and some newsrooms have already declared his race against Democrat Jon Ossoff to be headed to a January runoff election. That’s the second runoff for Georgia, meaning the Peach State will likely determine the fate of the Senate.

Georgia broke records for voter registration in this election, with 7.6 million registered voters as of October. At least one million Black Americans voted, compared to 712,000 in 2016.

In the final weeks leading up to the November election, Ossoff repeatedly attacked Perdue on the stock trades he made after receiving classified Covid-19 briefings.

Gary Peters hangs on to win in Michigan

The incumbent Democrat narrowly beat his opponent, John James, in a race Republicans were hoping to steal. Peters has quietly been a bipartisan champion of the Senate, acting as the lead sponsor on four bills that were signed into law under President Trump. He’s also the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Susan Collins defends her Senate seat in Maine

The four-term incumbent beat Democratic nominee and State House Speaker Sara Gideon in a race that Democrats felt they had a shot to win. Though Collins was under attack all year for her alignment with President Trump on several key issues, she still held 51% of the vote on Wednesday afternoon—enough to avoid a ranked-choice scenario where votes would be assigned to people’s second-ranked choice.

Collins said Gideon called her Wednesday afternoon to concede the election. “I just received a very gracious call from Sara Gideon conceding the race. I want to publicly thank Sara for her call. We had a good talk,” Collins said.

Mark Kelly gives Democrats a win in Arizona

The former astronaut defeated incumbent Sen. Martha McSally in a special election to take John McCain’s old seat. Kelly’s victory means Arizona will have two Democratic senators after not having a single one for years. Kelly won’t be able to get too comfortable in his new Senate seat though: There are just two years remaining on the term McCain won in 2016, which means Kelly will be up for reelection in 2022.

Republican Steve Daines gets a second term

The GOP incumbent in Montana beat his opponent, Gov. Steve Bullock, in a tightly contested race that brought in over $100 million in spending. Daines’ win in 2014 put an end to a 100-year Democratic lock on the Senate seat. Democrats hoped that Bullock, who had already won three statewide elections, would be able to flip a congressional seat in a state that the president won by a comfortable margin. But in the end, voters wanted more of Daines—just as they wanted more of Trump.

In Iowa, Joni Ernst wins a second term

The Republican incumbent defeated Democrat Theresa Greenfield in one of the country’s most expensive Senate races. Ernst, who first won office six years ago thanks in part to promises to make D.C. insiders “squeal,” was the first woman to represent Iowa in Congress. Her win deals a huge blow to Democrats’ efforts to retake the Senate, and puts an end to a Greenfield campaign that raked in an astounding $47.5 million through October.

In Georgia, Kelly Loeffler and Raphael Warnock are set for a runoff

Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock will square off in a January 4 runoff special election after Republican Rep. Doug Collins dropped out of the race. No candidate was able to cross the 50% vote threshold needed to win the election outright. This was always the expected outcome given that there were a whopping 20 candidates on the ballot.

Early voting in Georgia saw a near-110% increase over 2016, thanks in part to high turnout among Black voters.

Tommy Tuberville comes out on top in the Alabama Senate race

The former Auburn University football coach beat incumbent Sen. Doug Jones. Republicans were always favored to win the Senate seat, which Jones won in a special election in 2017. Republicans have been counting on this victory to help them retain control of the Senate.

Lindsey Graham wins in South Carolina

The Republican incumbent won his fourth Senate bid, beating Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, an associate chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Though Harrison broke fundraising records in the race, Graham was still able to capitalize on the role he played as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman in confirming Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

In Colorado, Democrat John Hickenlooper defeats Cory Gardner

The win by Hickenlooper is a huge pickup for the Democrats, who are trying to take control of the Senate. As far as the Senate goes, Sen. Gardner was relatively independent-minded, voting in line with Trump 89% of the time since 2017— making him the third most bipartisan Senate member.

But that wasn’t enough in a state that’s shifted from swing state to reliably Democratic in the last few years. Hickenlooper served as mayor of Denver from 2004 to 2010 and then as the state’s governor from 2011 to 2019.

Senior Editor, GEN by Medium. Previously: Pacific Standard, Wired

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