The Republicans' odds of retaking both houses of Congress just got a lot dimmer: Democrat Joe Manchin has won the race for the West Virginia Senate seat once held by Robert Byrd.
With Republican businessman John Raese's loss, Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight dropped GOP chances of getting 51 Senate votes to 2 percent. Still, Democrats can't be too smug about this victory, given that Manchin went so far as to shoot (literally, with a gun) his party's energy bill with a gun in campaign ads.
Democrats will hold the Senate. RT @NBCNews NBC News projects Joe Manchin (D) as projected winner in West Virginia Senate.
Major win for the Dems, keeping Robert Byrd's former seat -- as CNN projects Joe Manchin winner in West Virginia Senate
W VA coal miners need a lame duck pension bailout. Miners' union underwater 1 worker to 12 retirees. That's why they voted in Manchin.
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