Early Election Results: Republicans Roll in North Dakota; Hoeven Wins, CBS News Projects

Oct. 14, 2010: North Dakota Governor and Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Hoeven answers a question in his state Capitol office in Bismarck, N.D. AP Photo/Dale Wetzel

North Dakota Senate Republican John Hoeven.
Republican Gov. John Hoeven is projected to win an open Senate seat in North Dakota.
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If the Senate is a game of musical chairs, Democrats now appear to have three fewer seats to drop their weary bones into.

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CBS News projects Republican Gov. John Hoeven will beat Democratic state legislator Tracy Potter in the North Dakota Senate race.

The two were battling over the seat vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan.

In other Republican victories, Rep. John Boozman in Arkansas and former Sen. Dan Coats in Indiana are also projected to grab Democratic Senate seats.

The victory makes Hoeven the first Republican from the North Dakota to hold that office in a quarter-century. He was helped by a generous war chest of more than $3.1 million, about $3 million more than Potter, according to federal election filings.

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