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Democrats retained control of the Senate Tuesday but did not pick up the 60 seat filibuster proof majority they had hoped for.

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Conservative Scorecard 2008: Senate

Democrats retained control of the Senate Tuesday but did not pick up the 60 seat filibuster proof majority they had hoped for.

Democrats retained control of the Senate Tuesday but did not pick up the 60 seat filibuster proof majority they had hoped for. Of the 100 seats in the Senate, Democrats now hold 56 seats, Republicans hold 40.

The good news:
Despite the overall trend of Democrat wins across the nation, targeted conservatives — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Saxby Chambliss of Geogia, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Pat Roberts of Kansas and the seat of retiring Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi — remain safe, leaving some hope in the heart of the conservative base.

The bad news:
Sens. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina and John Sununu of New Hampshire lost their seats to challenging Democrats, and retiring GOP senators in Virginia, New Mexico and Colorado relinquished seats to Democrats. Absolutely zero incumbent Democrats running lost their seats to Republicans.

Three of the open 35 remain unresolved in Alaska, Oregon, and Minnesota. This includes the highly publicized race against Norm Coleman (R-Minn) and comedian Al Franken who refuses to condede (a recount is likely) and the outcome of newly convicted felon Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) who is waiting on a reported 40,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted.

Of the 35 senators up for re-election in 2008, here is how they fared (and some notes for your HUMAN EVENTS Conservative Scorecard):

Alabama

Jeff Sessions (R) *win 63%
Vivian Figures (D) 37%

Alaska

Ted Stevens (R) * 48%
Mark Begich (D) 47%

Arkansas

Mark Pryor (D) *win 79%
Rebekah Kennedy (Grn) 21%

Colorado

Mark Udall (D) *win 53%
Bob Schaffer (R) 43%

Delaware

Joe Biden (D) *win 65%
Christine O’Donnell (R) 35%

Georgia

Saxby Chambliss (R) * win 50%
Jim Martin (D) 46%
Allen Buckley (L) 3%

Idaho

Jim Risch (R) win 58%
Larry LaRocco (D) 34%
Rex Rammell (I) 6%

Illinois

Dick Durbin (D) *win 67%
Steve Sauerberg (R) 29%

Iowa

Tom Harkin (D) *win 63%
Christopher Reed (R) 37%

Kansas

Pat Roberts (R) *win 60%
Jim Slattery (D) 37%

Kentucky

Mitch McConnell (R) *win 53%
Bruce Lunsford (D) 47%

Louisiana

Mary L. Landrieu (D) *win 52%
John Kennedy (R) 46%

Maine

Susan Collins (R) *win 61%
Tom Allen (D) 39%

Massachusetts

John Kerry (D) *win 66%
Jeff Beatty (R) 31%

Michigan

Carl Levin (D) *win 62%
Jack Hoogendyk (R) 35%

Minnesota

Al Franken (D) 1,151,156 42%
Norm Coleman (R) 1,150,091 42%
Dean Barkley (I) 15%

Mississippi

Thad Cochran (R) *win 62%
Erik Fleming (D) 38%

Mississippi

Roger Wicker (R) *win 55%
Ronnie Musgrove (D) 45%

Montana

Max Baucus (D) *win 73%
Bob Kelleher (R) 27%

Nebraska

Mike Johanns (R) *win 58%
Scott Kleeb (D) 40%

New Hampshire

Jeanne Shaheen (D) *win 52%
John Sununu (R) 45%

New Jersey

Frank Lautenberg (D) *win 56%
Dick Zimmer (R) 43%

New Mexico

Tom Udall (D) *win 61%
Steve Pearce (R) 39%

North Carolina

Kay Hagan (D) *win 53%
Elizabeth Dole (R) 44%
Christopher Cole (L) 3%

Oklahoma

Jim Inhofe (R) *win 57%
Andrew Rice (D) 39%
Stephen Wallace (I) 4%

Oregon

Gordon Smith (R) * 435,367 47%
Jeff Merkley (D) 432,773 47%

Rhode Island

Jack Reed (D) *win 73%
Bob Tingle (R) 27%

South Carolina

Lindsey Graham (R) *win 58%
Bob Conley (D) 42%

South Dakota

Tim Johnson (D) *win 63%
Joel Dykstra (R) 37%

Tennessee

Lamar Alexander (R) *win 65%
Robert Tuke (D) 31%

Texas

John Cornyn (R) *win 56%
Rick Noriega (D) 41%

Virginia

Mark Warner (D) *win 64%
Jim Gilmore (R) 34%

West Virginia

Jay Rockefeller (D) *win 64%
Jay Wolfe (R) 36%

Wyoming

Mike Enzi (R) *win 76%
Chris Rothfuss (D) 24%

Wyoming

John Barrasso (R) *win 73%
Nick Carter (D) 27%

Written By

Miss Oddis is Assistant Managing Editor at HUMAN EVENTS. Before working with Human Events she was a researcher for syndicated columnist and author Robert Novak. Ms. Oddis has appeared on FOX News Hannity and Colmes, and The O'Reilly Factor. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Eastern Connecticut State University. E-mail her at moddis@eaglepub.com. You can also request to follow her on Twitter.

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