Dole Reign Ends in North Carolina

MISSISSIPPI -- PROJECTED WINNER: ROGER WICKER (R)
  Ronnie Musgrove (D):Musgrove, the state's former governor, who lost to Gov. Haley Barbour in 2003, had hoped that the nomination of a black man for president would boost turnout among black voters in the state.

Roger Wicker (R): Barbour chose Wicker, a Republican House member, to fill the seat vacated by Trent Lott's retirement in Deccember 2004. Some said Wicker may have been at a disadvantage because special election candidates are not identified by party, depriving the GOP candidate of a party-ID advantage.

MONTANA -- PROJECTED WINNER: MAX BAUCUS (D)
  Max Baucus (D) : Baucus won his sixth term in the Senate. He is the current Senate Finance Committee chairman and was expected to win.

Bob Kelleher (R): The 85-year-old Republican nominee and perennial candidate advocated a switch to a federal parliamentary government, according to Real Clear Politics, and did not fundraise during his campaign.

NEBRASKA -- PROJECTED WINNER: MIKE JOHANNS
  Scott Kleeb (D) : At 33 years old, Kleeb promised to bring a fresh perspective to Washington, according to Omaha's World-Herald. Kleeb and Johanns, his contender, are competing for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel.

Mike Johanns (R): Johanns has served as Nebraska's governor for six years and has been the U.S. agriculture secretary for three.

NEW HAMPSHIRE -- PROJECTED WINNER: JEANNE SHAHEEN (D)
  Jeanne Shaheen (D) : The former New Hampshire governor, who lost a close race to Republican John Sununu in 2002, knocked him off today on strength from the public's economic angst and anger over the war in Iraq.

John Sununu (R) : While remaining a popular senator during his tenure, Sununu trailed throughout the campaign and was another senator to suffer from the GOP's poor reputation.

NEW JERSEY -- PROJECTED WINNER: FRANK LAUTENBERG (D)
  Frank Lautenberg (D) : The incumbent Sen. Lautenberg is the only New Jersey senator to have served two non-consecutive terms -- once in 1982 and again in 2002. At 84, he is often criticized for being too old for the post.

Dick Zimmer (R): Zimmer has served in both houses of the New Jersey legislature and in the U.S. House of Representatives.

NEW MEXICO -- PROJECTED WINNER: TOM UDALL (D)
  Tom Udall (D) : Udall was seen as the favorite to take over the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Pete Domenici, who is retiring after being diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease.

Steve Pearce (R) : Pearce is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

NORTH CAROLINA -- PROJECTED WINNER: KAY HAGAN (D)
  Kay Hagan (D) : The state senator, who is the former vice president of NCNB, benefited largely from Obama's success in registering black voters as well as her challenger's association with the Bush administration.

Elizabeth Dole (R): Dole lost the fight for her political life after getting hammered as a Washington insider during the campaign.

OKLAHOMA -- PROJECTED WINNER: JAMES INHOFE (R)
  Andrew Rice (D) : Rice, a state senator, made some late polling gains on the incumbent Inhofe but was considered a long shot.

James Inhofe (R): Inhofe, the incumbent, had a comfortable lead in early polling on the way to winning his third term in the Senate, according to the Wulsa World.

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