Today is Election Day – at last in the western part of the nation. Votes are still being counted, so we do not know who won the presidential election yet. However, results are in for some Senate races. One of the big Senate races took place in Alabama where a seat flipped from Democrat to Republican.
Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville defeated Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., The Associated Press reported, flipping a key seat in the battle for control of the Senate.
Tuberville was declared the winner almost immediately after Alabama’s polls closed Tuesday night, according to AP. Coming into the night, Tuberville had been the heavy favorite to win the race with the politics website FiveThirtyEight giving him an 87% chance of flipping the seat.
There were several Senate seats that were slated to be close contests. One of them was in Iowa Senator Joni Ernst (R) was fending off a challenge from Theresa Greenfield. Democrats were eager to flip this seat.
Ernst’s win is a relief for Republicans who are scrambling to hold on to their majority in the Senate. The party currently holds a 53-47 majority in the chamber, meaning Democrats need to pick up at least three or four seats – depending on who is in the White House – to win a majority.
Ernst first won her seat in 2014 as part of the class of candidates that helped Republicans retake control of the Senate, building a national profile as a small-government, fiscal conservative.
The Senate seat that I am most concerned about is the Alaska seat currently held by Senator Dan Sullivan (R). Right now, he is leading, but thousands of votes are still out.