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 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.