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In Election Night surprise, Republicans keep control of the Senate

Early morning sun rises over the US Capitol as flags are at half staff on the Washington Monument grounds September 11, 2003 in Washington, DC. Today marks the second anniversary to the terrorist attacks at the World trade Center and the Pentagon. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Republicans are projected to keep control of the U.S. Senate in addition to the House of Representatives.

It was widely thought that Democrats would take back a majority in the upper chamber, since they needed to pickup just a handful of seats in a number of razor-thin campaigns. But Republicans on Tuesday kept a number of seats they originally held and gained a handful more.

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Republican Todd Young defeated former Democratic Sen. Evan Evan Bayh in Indiana for a seat that is now occupied by retiring GOP Sen. Dan Coats. Young bested Bayh, despite the fact that Bayh's father, Birch Bayh, was a U.S. senator from the Hoosier State for nearly two decades.

More than a dozen Republican senators, including John McCain from Arizona, Marco Rubio from Florida, Rand Paul from Kentucky, Rob Portman from Ohio Tim Scott from South Carolina and Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania, held on to their Senate seats.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris defeated Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez for what is now retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer's seat.

In Florida, Democrat Stephanie Murphy bested incumbent Republican Sen. John Mica, whose central Florida district has shifted increasingly to the left in recent years.

Democrat Tammy Duckworth beat Illinois incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk.

Louisiana will have a runoff election December 10, as neither senate candidate, Republican John Kennedy or Democrat Foster Campbell, received 50 percent of the vote.

New Hampshire's senate race between incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Gov. Maggie Hassan remained too close to call.

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