Lauren Fox

Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.

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NBC News and CNN reported Wednesday morning that Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump and conceded the White House to him.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta sent supporters home from her event in New York City saying there were more votes to count. But Clinton conceded it was over to Trump privately.

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After Jason Kander conceded in the Missouri Senate race Wednesday morning and the Pennsylvania Senate race was called for incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey, Republicans were all but guaranteed to hold onto their U.S. Senate majority after a nail-biting and contentious race that saw the party defending territory from Missouri to New Hampshire as it battled with its own presidential nominee.

A GOP Senate majority is expected even as the outcome of the presidential race remains uncertain, but Donald Trump appeared on the verge of victory, too, and his stunning performance had perhaps buoyed Republican senators.

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In a major testament to retiring Sen. Harry Reid's turnout machine, the Associated Press and NBC are projecting Catherine Cortez Masto as the winner of the Nevada Senate race.

Masto will be the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate.

The race was hotly contested with Masto and Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) within just a few points of each other throughout the race. In the end, Heck's gamble to disavow the Republican nominee didn't pan out.

Masto will replace Reid after his more than 35 years in Washington, where he rose to be the Democratic majority leader.

During her campaign Masto worked tirelessly to tie her opponent to Donald Trump, whose extreme rhetoric on immigration, building a border wall and mass deportation all sent a strong anti-immigrant message to a state where Latino voters accounted for 18 percent of the electorate in 2012.

Heck meanwhile, struggled to strike the right balance with Trump, sticking with the presidential nominee throughout an excruciating summer when Trump admonished a Gold Star family and continued to rely on vitriolic attacks on immigrants, women and his opponent Hillary Clinton.

It wasn't until October – after a tape revealed Trump talking about grabbing women by the p***y surfaced– that Heck finally cut ties. It seemed to be too little too late for most independents and enraged his base.

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