Ben Cardin has fended off Republican Michael Steele in Maryland, all but ensuring that Democrats will not lose a single Senate seat in 2006. Republicans had also made noise about knocking off Democratic incumbents in New Jersey and Michigan, but their candidates in those states have come up far short. One other Senate Democrat, Maria Cantwell of Washington, was originally seen as a potential target, but Republican Mike McGavick’s campaign has flagged badly down the stretch.
Meanwhile, with 85% of precincts reporting in Virginia, Republican incumbent George Allen and Democrat Jim Webb are in a dead heat.
— Steve Kornacki