By Hastings Wyman –
The GOP held its majority in the United States Senate Tuesday, in part because Republican incumbents in the South defeated their Democratic challengers. Here are the results in key races.
Arkansas: US Sen. John Boozman (R) turned back former US Attorney Connor Eldridge (D) by 60% to 36%.
Florida: US Sen. Marco Rubio (R) won with 52% to Congressman Patrick Murphy’s (D) 44%.
Georgia: US Sen. Johnny Isakson (R) defeated businessman Jim Barksdale (D) 55% to 41%.
Kentucky: US Sen. Rand Paul (R) won with 57% to 43% for Lexington Mayor Jim Gray (D).
North Carolina: US Sen. Richard Burr (R) was reelected with 51% to 45% for former state Rep. Deborah Ross (D).
In Louisiana, where a majority of the votes is needed to win, state Treasurer John Kennedy (R) with 25% and Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell with 17% will face off in a Dec. 10 runoff for the seat of retiring US Sen. David Vitter (R).