WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats have ousted incumbent Republican Sens. Elizabeth Dole in North Carolina and John Sununu in Hampshire on Tuesday. They also have won two other seats held by retiring GOP senators in Virginia and New Mexico on the way to solidifying their majority.
North Carolina state Sen. Kay Hagan defeated Dole, a former Cabinet member and presidential candidate. In New Hampshire, former Democratic Gov. Jeanne Shaheen defeated Sununu in a rematch of their 2002 contest.
Democratic former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner breezed to victory to take a Virginia Senate seat long held for by terms by retiring GOP Sen. John Warner. And in New Mexico, Democratic Rep. Tom Udall defeated Republican Rep. Steve Pearce to succeed retiring Sen. Pete Domenici