US media forecast 5 Senate victories in swing states for Republicans, 3 – for Democrats

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WASHINGTON, November 7. /TASS/. Republican candidates are projected to win Senate elections in 5 swinging states (Indiana, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee and North Dakota), while their Republican opponents dominate the vote in another three (Texas, New Jersey and Mississippi), according to US media estimates, based on exit polls and early vote count.

No official vote results are available so far.

With 97% of votes counted in Florida, Democratic incumbent senator Bill Nelson may not defend his seat against a challenge by sitting governor Rick Scott of the Republican party, CNN said. According to latest information, 50.4% of ballots were cast in favor of Scott, while Nelson received 49.6%.

Washington Post, New York Times and CNN forecast the victory of another Republican candidate, Mike Braun, in a crucial race for a Senate seat in Indiana. According to Washington Post, Braun garnered 53.6%, while his rival Joe Donnelly received 42.3%.

According to CNN estimates, Republican candidate Josh Hawley received 61.4% of the vote in Missouri, while his election rival Claire McCaskill – 35.9%.

Democrat Beto O’Rourke is projected to win in Texas with 52.7%, his opponent Ted Cruz gets 46.6%.

In Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn of the Republican Party is expected to win the polls, with 63.4% of votes, her main election rival Phil Bredesen of the Democratic Party is forecasted to receive 35.4%.

Forecasts by CNN, New York Times, Washington Post and Politico, based on exit polls and early vote count, project Democrat Bob Menendens to defeat his opponent Bob Hugin in New Jersey with 56.7% against 40.1%.

The same survey says Mike Espy is winning the elections in Mississipi with 54.1%, while his main election rival Cindy Hyde-Smith gets 18.5%.

US political experts describe those states as “swing states,” or states with unpredictable results, during the upcoming midterm elections. In all, experts have identified 13 swing states – Arizona, West Virginia, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Tennessee, Florida and Texas.

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