The Montana Senate election proved close as predicted, and now we have a final projection. Sen. Jon Tester (D) has been re-elected to a third term, winning 51.2 – 46.0% with the remainder of absentee and provisional ballots still to be counted. Therefore, the numbers are not final, but the number of outstanding ballots cannot alter Sen. Tester’s lead. Thus, the outcome has been officially declared. The Tester victory guarantees that the Democrats will have at least 46 Senators in the next Congress.
The Arizona race featuring Reps. Martha McSally (R-Tucson) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Phoenix) remains uncalled. Differing opinions remain as to the number of final votes remaining to be counted. Ms. McSally maintains a 17,000+ vote lead, but it is unclear as to when the race will be called and who will win. If McSally holds, she will take the Republicans to a 54-46 Senate majority assuming the Florida recount will not change Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) victory over Sen. Bill Nelson (D).
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