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Democrats’ Senate push halted by GOP, but control teeters

WASHINGTON — Democrats had a disappointing night in the battle for Senate control, but it is too soon for Republicans to take a victory lap, although they brushed back multiple challengers to protect their now teetering majority.

Key races in North Carolina, Maine and Michigan remain undecided, and at least one in Georgia is headed to a January runoff.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says US President Donald Trump’s campaign helped his GOP allies, but it’s still too soon to declare victory as state election officials count ballots.

Election Night delivered a jarring outcome for Democrats who had devised an expanded political map, eager to counter Trump and his party’s grip on the Senate.

While Democrats picked up must-win seats in Colorado and Arizona, they suffered a setback in Alabama, and Republicans held their own in one race after another — in South Carolina, Iowa, Texas, Kansas, and Montana, dramatically limiting Democrats’ hopes to make inroads.

The races attracted an unprecedented outpouring of small-dollar donations for Democrats, from Americans apparently voting with their pocketbooks to propel long-shot campaigns.

— AP

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