In Virginia Republicans appeared headed toward a major victory — gaining control of the state Senate. As Election Day started, the Democrats controlled the 40-member Senate with 22 members.
Democrat Roscoe Reynolds lost his bid for a fourth term to freshman GOP Sen. Bill Stanley in the state Senate’s marquee race, bringing the GOP to within one seat of a 20-20 split.
In the deciding race, Democratic Sen. Edd Houck trailed Republican Bryce Reeves by 86 votes out of nearly 45,000 cast with all precincts reporting in a race too close to call, according to The Associated Press. The narrow margin is likely subject to a recount.
Republican Phil Bryant of Brandon has won the Mississippi governor’s race, succeeding term-limited Haley Barbour.
The 56-year-old Bryant makes history as the first Republican to succeed another one as Mississippi governor in modern times. Barbour unseated a one-term Democrat in 2003.
In Ohio, voters passed Issue 3, a largely symbolic Tea Party-infused measure that seeks to prevent compulsory participation in Obama’s health insurance individual mandate.
Columbus, Indiana elections ended in a landslide victory for Republicans Tuesday.
By an overwhelming two-thirds majority, Republican Kristen Brown will be the second female mayor in Columbus history following her victory over Priscilla Scalf. The mayor-elect says she wants to work for her hometown to ensure that the community has a voice.
Republicans won six of the nine seats on the Jeffersonville City Council, giving them a majority for the first time in memory, according to Jamey Noel, the Clark County GOP chairman.
Democrats have lost the majority on a board of commissioners they’ve controlled in a western Pennsylvania county since 1956 — with unofficial election results also showing they lost five contested row offices to Republicans.