The U.S presidential election ended Tuesday night with a decisive win for Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, who will take office Jan. 20., 2009. However, several Senate races remain too close to call, leaving in doubt the balance of power in the Congress. Those races include four embattled Republican incumbents: Sen. Norm Coleman (battling Al Franken) in Minnesota, Sen. Saxby Chambliss in Georgia, Sen. Gordon Smith in Oregon and Sen. Ted Stevens in Alaska.Democrats have gained a greater majority in the House and also added five sure seats in the Senate. However, they are unlikely to hit the magic number of 60 in the Senate to give them a so-called super majority in the executive and legislative branches.
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