GOP in strong position to retain Senate majority

Early victories in key Senate battleground states are paving the way for Republicans to hold the chamber and even expand their majority, placing Democratic hopes of flipping the Senate further out of reach.

Republicans got a major victory with businessman Mike Braun unseating Sen. Joe Donnelly (Ind.) —marking the first red state Democrat to lose on Tuesday and giving the Senate GOP an early flip.

Meanwhile in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott (R) has a razor-thin lead over Sen. Bill Nelson (D), with more than 90 percent of precincts reporting but plenty of votes to count, including in Democratic-heavy counties in the south.

A early loss by Nelson would make it almost impossible for Democrats to win the chamber and spell trouble for his red-state incumbents running for reelection in states that Trump won by bigger margins in 2016.

Democrats are looking to defend seats in 10 states that President Trumpwon in 2016, giving them an uphill battle to take back the Senate or even maintain the current 51-49 majority.

Written by Jordain Carney and Timothy R. Homan

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