Jeff Roberson, File, Associated Press
Sept. 2012, Missouri Republican Senate candidate, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., speaks during a news conference in St. Louis. Akin looses the race as his opponent Sen. Claire McCaskill wins Missouri's voters hearts.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Claire McCaskill has won re-election in Missouri, holding off Rep. Todd Akin who came under fire for saying women had ways of preventing pregnancies in the case of "legitimate rape."
McCaskill's victory denies Republicans a seat they'd hoped to pick up before Akin's comments.
Democrats have picked up two Senate seats from the Republicans — Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and Joe Donnelly in Indiana — while the GOP has lost three seats, including to an independent in Maine.
As of 10:45 p.m. Eastern time, Democrats had locked up 45 seats, Republicans 42, including 67 seats not up for election. Democrats now hold a 53-seat majority, including two independents who align with them.