let's go to nbc's
correspondent kelly o'donnell who is in columbus, ohio with more on some of the congressional races. kelly, good morning.
good morning, matt. well, democrats did something that at the beginning of this election year seemed unlikely. they held on to control of the senate. they did that despite having to defend 23 of their own seats. they pulled off big wins, big upsets, and the new senate will have more women than ever before. democrats' winning streak started in massachusetts with
professor turned senator-elect
for every family that has been chipped and squeezed and hammered, we're going to fight for a
level playing field
and we're going to put people back to work.
warren knocked out republican
who almost three years ago gave the
its first big win. his call for bipartisanship fell short.
i kept my promise to you to be that independent voice for massachusetts, and i have never ever ever regretted any decision that i made for you.
democratic national party
chairman and governor, defeated
in the most expensive senate race.
our victory tonight proves that it's the number of people who stand with you, not the number of zeros behind a check.
defeats for republicans in
and indiana after
each made controversial comments about rape and pregnancy.
's democratic incumbent
gets a second term.
i'll continue to be a senator that works across the aisle in a bipartisan way to find the compromises to solve problems for every
family, not just the families of those that voted for me.
takes indiana's seat from the gop.
i'm not going there as one party senator or the other party's senator. i'm going there as your senator to work for your family.
defeat in connecticut for republican
, the world wrestling executive who spent $100 million of her own money in two failed senate campaigns.
i would really rather have won, but we gave it an incredibly, incredibly good fight.
a tough night for former
it's not the way i planned it.
but his state, wisconsin, made history, electing its first woman and the nation's first
i will stand up for you, and i ask you to work with me to move our state forward.
republicans did take one seat away from democrats in nebraska, with
i thank each of you for placing your trust in me. i will not let you down.
and with senator-elect
she will be 1 of 19 women in the
and voters in connecticut will give us our youngest senator choosing democrat
, a member of congress right now, and now the democrats will hold on to control. nothing will change on the house side either where republicans will be in charge with lots of work to do. matt?