In Minnesota, the latest tally puts Republican incumbent Norm Coleman just 439 votes ahead of Democrat Al Franken, a margin that falls within the state’s mandatory recount law. That recount is likely to take several weeks.
The Georgia Senate race is likely headed toward a runoff, after initially being called for incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss. They’re still counting votes, but if neither Chambliss nor enviro-backed Democratic challenger Jim Martin gets at least 50 percent, there will be a runoff on Dec. 2.
Here’s a July interview we conducted with Merkley on his environmental plans: