WASHINGTON (11/5/14, UPDATED 11:30 a.m. ET)--Election day brought good news for a number of credit union-friendly candidates around the country, in both Senate and House races.
The Credit Union National Association, Credit Union Legislative Action Council, state leagues and other members of the credit union community were involved in 396 races around the country, supporting one candidate per race.
In the Senate, credit unions supported 29 candidates (14 Democrats, 15 Republicans). Of those candidates, 25 won, two lost and two were undecided as of 11 a.m. ET today.
Virginia holds one of the two undecided races, where credit union-supported Sen. Mark Warner (D) leads Republican challenger Ed Gillespie 49.11% to 48.34%. The other race is in Alaska, where credit union-supported Sen. Mark Begich (D) trails his Republican challenger Dan Sullivan 45.34% to 48.96%.
Credit unions supported candidates in 367 House races (190 Republicans, 177 Democrats). Of those races, 336 supported candidates were victorious, 15 lost and 16 were too close to call as of 11 a;.m. ET today.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) was one of the first races of the evening to be called. He defeated Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes 56.19% to 40.73%. McConnell is expected to take over as Senate majority leader in January.
In South Dakota, Mike Rounds (R) was elected to the state's vacant Senate seat, defeating Democrat Rick Weiland and independent Larry Pressler with 51.6% of the vote.
In Illinois's 13th District, Rep. Rodney Davis (R) defeated his opponent, Democrat Ann Callis, 58.75% to 41.25%. In the state's 17th District, Rep. Cheri Bustos (D) won re-election over Republican opponent Bobby Schilling 55.15% to 44.85%.
Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) defeated his Republican opponent Stewart Mills in a close race, 48.54% to 47.14%.
Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) easily defeated Democrat Erin Bilbray in the state's 3rd District, 60.76% to 36.12%.
In New York, Rep. Tom Reed (R) won re-election to a third term representing the state's 23rd District, defeating Democrat Martha Robinson 62.55% to 37.45%.
In Oregon, Rep. Kurt Schrader (D) was re-elected 54.35% to 39.17% over Republican challenger Tootie Smith.
Several races were too close to call this morning. In California's 31st District, Democrat Pete Aguilar, a former credit union vice president, held a 51.04% lead to opponent Paul Chabot's 48.96% as of 6:30 a.m. (ET).
Polls show Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.), a former credit union board member, is trailing his opponent, Republican Doug Ose 51.37% to 48.63%. In Alaska, Sen. Mark Begich (D) is trailing his opponent, Republican challenger Dan Sullivan 48.96% to 45.34%.
Several credit union-supported candidates did not win their elections, including: