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O'Donnell loses, Rubio wins

Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell talks with supporters while campaigning outside of a polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Smyrna, Del. O'Donnell is facing Democrat Chris Coons. Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell talks with supporters while campaigning outside of a polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Smyrna, Del. O'Donnell is facing Democrat Chris Coons. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
By Mike Hammer
Associated Press / November 2, 2010

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WASHINGTON—Christine O'Donnell has been defeated in her Senate bid from Delaware. But another tea party hopeful, Marco Rubio, is the winner in Florida.

O'Donnell lost to Democrat Chris Coons in the battle for the seat that had been held by Vice President Joe Biden. She had been criticized for her lack of experience and spotty financial history, and was plagued by a videotape from years ago in which she said she "dabbled" in witchcraft.

Rubio defeated independent Gov. Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek.

New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte, in her first run for office, took the Senate seat that was held by retiring Republican Judd Gregg. Republican Richard Shelby of Alabama and Democrat Barbara Mikulski in Maryland have each won a fifth Senate term. And New Hampshire Democrat Gov. John Lynch has won a fourth term.

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