US elections: Republicans lead to control House of Representatives

Republican Senator Marco Rubio won a third term on Tuesday, beating US Rep. Val Demings and holding a key seat as the GOP seeks to regain control of the Senate.

Rubio, 51, faced perhaps his toughest race since he was first elected to office in 2010 after serving as the speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. Rubio, who ran for president in 2016, is no longer mentioned as a possible candidate for the 2024 presidential election.

The senator ran a campaign straight out of the Republican Party playbook, linking Demings to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden, and attacking her on issues such as spending, rising inflation and the crisis in the southern border of the country.

Meanwhile, Sen. Tim Scott was re-elected for what he said will be his last term serving South Carolina.

Scott defeated Democratic state representative Krystle Matthews. He was appointed to the United States Senate in 2013 by then-Governor Nikki Haley when Jim DeMint resigned, and he also won a special election.

Scott is the only black Republican in the US Senate.

Meanwhile, Democratic US Rep. Peter Welch easily defeated a little-known Republican opponent to win the Vermont Senate seat vacated by Patrick Leahy, the House’s longest-serving member.

Welch, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 2006 and has won re-election by large margins every two years since then, defeated Republican Gerald Malloy, a retired US Army officer backed by former President Donald Trump.

In a year in which the parties are vying for control of the Senate, Welch’s election maintains the state’s seat in the Democratic column.

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In Kentucky, Republican Sen. Rand Paul, a libertarian-leaning conservative and former presidential candidate, won a third term by defeating a rival from the other end of the political spectrum, progressive Democrat Charles Booker.

First elected on the wave of the tea party movement in 2010, Paul’s victory extended a long Republican winning streak in Kentucky’s Senate races. The state hasn’t elected a Democrat to the upper house since Wendell Ford in 1992.

Separately, Republican Katie Britt won Alabama’s Senate race, becoming the state’s first woman elected to office.

Britt will fill the seat held by Richard Shelby, her one-time boss who is retiring after 35 years of serving in the Senate. Britt was Shelby’s chief of staff before taking over as head of a state lobbying body. Britt beat Democrat Will Boyd and John Sophocleus of the Libertarian Party.

In Illinois, Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth was re-elected, defeating attorney Kathy Salvi, who made her political debut.

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Some results

Marco Rubio.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio won a third term, beating US Representative Val Demings.

South Carolina.

Senator Tim Scott was re-elected in South Carolina by beating Democrat Krystle Matthews.

Vermont.

Democrat Peter Welch won easily in Vermont.

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