Republican Shelley Moore Capito was the winner of the open West Virginia U.S. Senate race, as were Republicans Steve Daines (Montana) and Mike Rounds, South Dakota), in those open races.
Incumbents Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Governor Tom Corbett (R-Pa.) were defeated in their respective races. Rahall was defeated by Evan Jenkins (R). Udall lost to Cory Gardner. And Corbett was beaten by Democrat Tom Wolf. Rahall was Ranking Member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and played a key role in several major bills coming out of that Committee recently, including the 2012 highway and transit reauthorization bill, and the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), earlier this year.
Finally, North Dakota voters soundly defeated a ballot measure Tuesday that would have set aside oil and gas tax revenue for land conservation efforts in that oil-rich state..