Republicans also claimed victories in Indiana's Senate race where former Sen. Dan Coats (R) defeated Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D) and, in Arkansas where Rep. John Boozman (R) beat Sen. Blanche Lincoln(D). Both are pickups for the GOP.
Popular West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) beat back a surprisingly strong challenge from businessman John Raese (R), a victory that will make it difficult for Republicans to win a Senate majority.
Republicans needs to win eight more seats to take back the majority.
In addition to Florida and Kentucky, the GOP also held a handful of their own seats including in Ohio, where former Rep. Rob Portman (R) cruised to victory in the race to replace Sen. George Voinovich (R) and New Hampshire where former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte (R) won an open seat race over Rep. Paul Hodes (D).. . . As expected, Christine O'Donnell (R) was soundly defeated by New Castle County Executive Chris Coons (D) in Delaware's open seat Senate race -- keeping the seat in the Democratic column.