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US midterms: Republicans gain Senate seat as Donnelly loses in Indiana

  • Published at 08:44 am November 7th, 2018
US midterm election
All 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 seats in the Senate are at stake in the midterm electionAFP

Donnelly was one of five Democratic senators up for re-election in states that Trump won by a sizeable margin in 2016

Republicans on Tuesday dealt a hammer blow to Democratic efforts to take back the US Senate, as the candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump, businessman Mike Braun, defeated incumbent Senator Joe Donnelly, networks projected.

Donnelly was one of five Democratic senators up for re-election in states that Trump won by a sizeable margin in 2016. Indiana is a Rust Belt state that has tended to lean conservative, and Donnelly ran- unsuccessfully- as a moderate Democrat.

The projected win gives Republicans 43 seats, in their quest to maintain their majority. Currently, they have a 51-49 advantage.