South Dakota gives Republicans third Senate pick-up

WASHINGTON —Republicans now have three additional Senate seats, with the victory by Republican Mike Rounds in South Dakota. He defeated Democrat Rick Weiland and two independents to capture the seat that had been held by Democrat Tim Johnson, who is retiring.

Republican incumbent John Cornyn was the winner of the Senate race in Texas, while Democrat Gary Peters won the race for the Michigan Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Carl Levin.

Republican Greg Abbott defeated Democratic state lawmaker Wendy Davis in the race for Texas governor. Davis became nationally known literally overnight for her more than 12-hour filibuster in pink sneakers to temporarily stall new abortion restrictions. But she was unable to compete with her popular and well-funded Republican opponent.

Democrat Andrew Cuomo has been re-elected governor in New York.

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