Republicans add fourth new Senate seat

AP News
Posted: Nov 04, 2014 10:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans continue to capture additional Senate seats as they move toward a majority.

Republican Steve Daines won in Montana in the race for the Senate seat that had been held by Democrat John Walsh. Walsh had to drop his re-election bid over a plagiarism scandal.

That's the fourth Republican gain. They need two more in order to have a majority in the new Senate.

The Senate race in Louisiana won't be decided until a runoff on Dec. 6. Neither the Democratic incumbent, Mary Landrieu, nor Republican Bill Cassidy was able to get more than 50 percent of the vote.

In House races, Republicans hold a commanding edge. They are on track to pad their majority at near historic levels and claim Southern seats that have long been held by Democrats.