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McCaskill re-wins the election against Akin in Missouri

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 6 2012 9:06 p.m. MST

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. (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. (Jeff Roberson, File, Associated Press)

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.

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