Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley declared victory over Republican incumbent Sen. Gordon Smith, moving Democrats one seat closer to a filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate.
"This is the beginning of a transformational change for America," Merkley said at a news conference at Portland State University.
He said he would be working with President-elect Barack Obama "to put this nation back on track." Read full article »
CNN's Joe Sterling and Ted Barrett contributed to this report.