Mitch McConnell Retains Senate Seat in Kentucky

One of the U.S. Senate races that everyone thought would be a nail-biter was called almost immediately by NBC News. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell defeated challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes following a hotly contested race that culminated with a lawsuit by Grimes against the state Republican Party and the McConnell campaign for issuing misleading letters warning of “election fraud.”

McConnell famously promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, tearing it out “root and branch,” even though the Kentucky health insurance exchange is wildly popular, while even state Republicans support the law’s Medicaid expansion. Furthermore, NBC News reports that exit polling showed 52 percent unfavorable ratings for McConnell.

Should the Republicans win a majority in the Senate, McConnell is obviously a frontrunner for Majority Leader Harry Reid’s post.

Elsewhere at this hour, Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) is the projected winner in Ohio; Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) won her reelection campaign; and the Republicans have picked up a Senate seat with a victory in West Virginia. Meanwhile, races in Georgia, Florida and Virginia remain “too close to call.”

Bob Cesca is the host of the Bob Cesca Show podcast, a twice weekly political talk show. He’s also a contributor to Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.