With the victories of Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Deb Fischer (R-NE), we’ve reached an historic number of women serving in the Senate. Even with the retirements of Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), at least 18 women—a record high—will serve in the Senate starting in 2013.In fact, while Mazie Hirono is going to win this one, her opponent is also a woman, so either way, count Hawaii in the record number of women senators. And some women, like Connecticut Republican and terrible human being Linda McMahon, we're not sorry to see lose.
Every Democratic woman incumbent Senator was re-elected, and results are still out for challengers Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Shelley Berkley (D-NV), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).
The fact that 18 women out of 100 senators would be a record high is pathetic. But it's progress.
7:34 AM PT (kos): While not officially called, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota had a 1-point lead with 100 percent of the vote counted, or a raw 3,000 votes. She's in the Senate. Hirono in Hawaii won by 25 points or so. It wasn't even close.
The only downer was Berkley in Nevada, undone by her (bogus) ethical problems and a painfully close 1.2-point loss. That's 19 women if my math is correct.