Senate recap & forward
by Jerome Armstrong, Wed Nov 03, 2004 at 03:51:24 AM EST
Others are uncalled, like in Alaska, where it looks like Murkowski is going to win, but it's not declared. And in Florida, Castor trails by about 80K, with votes absentee and otherwise still to be counted. If those results above hold up, Republicans will have gained 3 seats in the Senate, for a 54-46 majority.
The biggest question is, who will become the new Senate minority leader for the Democrats? Dodd of CT, Durbin of IL, and Reid of NV are the likely contenders. In terms of being a leader that speaks his mind, and has a Democratic voice, I'd want Durbin as the choice. But all three of these Senators would be an improvement over the red-state compromised Daschle.
Republicans also will have to choose their new leader in the Senate; it's going to be a case of who is the most ultra-radical-conservative, Santorum or McConnell.
Democrats will have a stronger 46 than it was a weaker 49.