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GOP celebrates first fruits of expected big night

Nov 2, 2010 7:42:00 PM - thestate.com
Republicans gained a Senate seat in Indiana, and tea party favorite Rand Paul coasted to victory in Kentucky in midterm elections Tuesday night, first fruits of a drive to break the Democrats' grip on power in Congress.

Republicans also led for three House seats in Democratic hands in Indiana, and projected confidence they would succeed in winning a majority and installing Rep. John Boehner of Ohio as speaker.

All 435 seats in the House were on the ballot, plus 37 in the Senate in an election shadowed by recession and stirred by a rebellion of tea party conservatives.

An additional 37 governors' races gave Republicans ample opportunity for further gains halfway through President Barack Obama's term.

Former Sen. Dan Coats easily dispatched Rep. Brad Ellsworth in Indiana to win back the seat he voluntarily gave up a dozen years ago.