Dole Reign Ends in North Carolina

IOWA -- PROJECTED WINNER: TOM HARKIN (D)
  Tom Harkin (D) : Harkin was elected to Congress in 1974 and later defeated a Republican senator in 1984. He is one of the most successful Democratic politicians in Iowa's history.

Christopher Reed (R): Reed is a former wrestler who spent five years in the Navy before opening a telephone answering business that he's run the last 10 years.

KANSAS -- PROJECTED WINNER: PAT ROBERTS (R)
  Jim Slattery (D) : Slattery served in the Kansas House and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1982 to 1994. Kansas has not elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1930.

Pat Roberts (R): Roberts was elected in 1980 to the House of Representatives and in 1996 to the Senate, where he was served as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

KENTUCKY -- PROJECTED WINNER: MITCH MCCONNELL (R)
  Bruce Lunsford (D):Lunsford, who has made two losing runs for governor and has never held elected office, attempted to tie McConnell to the failing economy.

Mitch McConnell (R): McConnell, the Senate Minority leader, is well organized in the state and a face of leadership in the Senate.

LOUISIANA -- PROJECTED WINNER: MARY LANDRIEU (D)
  Mary Landrieu (D) : Landrieu was believed to be the only vulnerable Democratic incumbent senator in 2008. Hurricane Katrina changed the state's population in such a way that many of Landrieu's base voters in New Orleans have left the state.

John Kennedy (R): Kennedy is the state treasurer who switched parties last year and won re-election as a Republican, setting up his challenge to Landrieu.

MAINE -- PROJECTED WINNER: SUSAN COLLINS (R)
  Tom Allen (D) : Currently a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Maine's 1st Congressional District, the Democrat ran hard against Collins, doing his best to tie her to President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney on a range of issues.

Susan Collins (R): The incumbent Republican senator was a heavy favorite in Maine, thanks to her bipartisan image. Collins joined Democrats in opposing the partial-birth abortion ban in 2003 and in 2004 she co-authored a bill to overhaul of the nation's intelligence community with Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

MASSACHUSETTS -- PROJECTED WINNER: JOHN KERRY (D)
  John Kerry (D) : Kerry has held a Senate seat since 1984 and told Massachusetts paper The Eagle-Tribune that, should he win his sixth term, he will concentrate on creating jobs and alternative energy.

Jeff Beatty (R): Beatty, a counterterrorism consultant and former CIA agent, is tried to oust Kerry by painting him as a candidate who continually puts his personal agenda before that of the state.

MICHIGAN -- PROJECTED WINNER: CARL LEVIN (D)
  Carl Levin (D) : Levin, a five-term incumbent, serves as the chairman of the Armed Services committee.

Jack Hoogendyk (R): Hoogendyk has been a state representative since 2002 and has won re-election twice. He was considered unlikely to prevail in the traditionally blue state.

MISSISSIPPI -- PROJECTED WINNER: THAD COCHRAN (R)
  Erik Fleming (D): Fleming previously served in the House of Representatives.

Thad Cochran (R): Cochran is a ranking Republican member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and was expected to win his sixth term.

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