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Sanders re-elected, polls close in Va., Ind.

Tuesday - 11/6/2012, 7:06pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, has easily won re-election. Polls have also closed in Virginia and Indiana, where Democrats and Republicans are contesting seats currently held by a Democrat and a Republican.

In Virginia, Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen are locked in a tight contest to replace Democratic Sen. Jim Webb. In Indiana, Republican Richard Mourdock and Democrat Joe Donnelly are contesting a seat currently held by Republican Sen. Richard Lugar.

Republicans need to net four seats _ three if Mitt Romney wins the presidential race _ to take control of the Senate.

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