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While the balance of power in Congress will remain the same next year, there were still plenty of nailbiting results and some upsets. Our Washington D.C. Bureau reporter Erin Billups looks at some of the changes coming to the country's political landscape.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "Let me be clear. I didn't build that; you built that," said Massachusetts Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren. The Democrat beat incumbent Senator Scott Brown in a hard-fought race for a historically blue seat. It was just one of several races garnering national attention this election cycle.

Senator Scott Brown said, "I have already offered my sincerest congratulations to Senator-elect Warren."

Two races - one in Indiana, the other in Missouri - broke new ground as favored Republican Senate candidates lost races, shunned for anti-abortion comments made during their campaigns.

Rep. Todd Akin in Missouri said, "I just called Claire McCaskill and gave her congratulations because the way the numbers are looking we've lost this race."

...and Republican Richard Mourdock who unseated incumbent Senate Republican Richard Lugar in a primary, only to lose to a Democrat, Joe Donnelly.

"Thank you for all your help," said Donnelly.

In the end, Democrats retained control of the Senate and Republicans held onto the House- easily. Though Democrats had a net gain of one seat in New York- with several incumbents losing their re-election bids.

Rep. Nan Hayworth of the 18th Congressional District said, "The president and the Senate, all those races didn't turn out quite the way we'd hoped. We are still counting the votes here."

Another Tea Party Republican, Ann Marie Buerkle, was unseated as well, in a rematch race against former Congressman Democrat Dan Maffei. Buerkle is promising a recount.

Buerkle said, "The results aren't in yet. We're waiting for them."

Democrat incumbent Kathy Hochul also lost her race in a conservative Western New York district to Republican Chris Collins. While down on Long Island, Democrat Tim Bishop was able to eke out another victory against opponent Randy Altschuler.

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