Sununu, Dole win

By Jon Dougherty

Republican candidates and incumbents in key Senate races have pulled ahead of Democrats in Tuesday’s midterm balloting, election data show.

In Georgia, Republican challenger Rep. Saxby Chambliss is leading incumbent Democratic Sen. Max Cleland by 55 – 44 percent. Libertarian Sandy Thomas managed 1 percent of the vote.

In North Carolina, exit polling shows that GOP challenger Elizabeth Dole will win against Democratic challenger and former Clinton administration official Erskine Bowles. And in New Hampshire, GOP candidate John Sununu is projected to beat Democrat Jean Shaheen, Fox News predicted.

In Missouri, meanwhile, former GOP congressman Jim Talent still leads incumbent Democratic Sen. Jean Carnahan by 50-48 percent, while Libertarian Tamara A. Millay has captured 1 percent.

And in Colorado, incumbent GOP Sen. Wayne Allard is beating Democrat Tom Strickland 54-43 percent.

In New Jersey, however, Democrat Frank Lautenberg – tapped by Democrats to fill in for Sen. Robert Torricelli, hampered by an ethics scandal this year — has been projected to beat GOP challenger Doug Forrester by a sizeable margin.

And in Arkansas, Democrat Mark Pryor leads incumbent Republican Sen. Tim Hutchinson 54-46 percent.