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Mitch McConnell wins re-election, GOP wins Senate majority

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McConnell delivers a victory speech in Louisville after winning his re-election to the U.S. Senate. McConnell delivers a victory speech in Louisville after winning his re-election to the U.S. Senate.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB/AP) -- Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate with help from a victory by GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell.

McConnell won a sixth term in Washington, with his eyes on the larger prize of possibly becoming Senate majority leader. He beat back a challenge from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes move closer to that.

The Grimes campaign called Sen. Mitch McConnell to concede and, shortly afterward, McConnell took the stage in Louisville to deliver a victory speech. 

McConnell commended Grimes for hard fought contest before saying "Tonight, Kentuckians said we can do better as a nation."

"This experiment in big government has lasted long enough," McConnell said. "It's time to go in a new direction."

The party also held two seats in South Carolina as Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham easily won their elections.

Scott made history in becoming the first African-American elected statewide in South Carolina since Reconstruction, winning the race to finish the final two years of the term of Jim DeMint, who resigned from the Senate in 2012.

"I will not let you down ," McConnell said. "You will be heard in Washington."

GOP picks up majority in Senate (AP)

Republicans have seized control of the Senate for the first time in eight years. 

The deciding race was the victory by Republican Thom Tillis over Democratic incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina.

Tillis' win gives the Republicans the six seats they need for a majority in the Senate that takes office in January.

Republicans picked up seats earlier Tuesday in Arkansas, Colorado, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia.

Republicans needed a net gain of six seats to gain control of the Senate from Democrats.

Key contests remain undecided in Alaska, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, North Carolina and Virginia. And Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is headed to a Dec. 6 runoff with Republican Bill Cassidy.

Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell won re-election earlier Tuesday. He would become majority leader if Republicans win the Senate.

Republicans captured a key gubernatorial race in Florida, as Gov. Rick Scott turned back a challenge from Democrat Charlie Crist. Crist had been a Republican when he was elected to the office in 2006. 

The election in the nation's top battleground state included more than $100 million worth of ads from the campaigns and their allies.

Republican businessman David Perdue defeated Democrat Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn. 

Copyright 2014 WDRB News. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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