The Associated Press has officially projected that Alaskan Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan has won reelection, defeating Democrat Al Gross in widely-watched race that had significant implications on control of the U.S. Senate.
"I want to congratulate my fellow Marine, Senator Dan Sullivan on his victory," Indiana Sen. Todd Young, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in a statement. "Alaskans know Dan as a man who always puts service before self and who has championed the unique needs of his state in Washington. The state will be well served with another six years of his representation."
A week after the election, Sullivan leads Gross by nearly 20 points.
The Republican victory gives the party 50 confirmed Senate seats. That means they need to win one of the two election runoffs in Georgia to maintain control of the Senate. Democrats hope to win both, resulting in a 50-50 Senate split. In such a case, Kamala Harris, the presumed vice president-elect would cast the deciding vote, giving Democrats an effective majority.