CNN projects that ex-WWE CEO Linda McMahon will lose her bid for a Senate seat, while Rick Boucher (D-Va.) chairman of the House Communications Subcommittee, will lose that post to Republican Morgan Griffith.
McMahon spent a reported $40-plus million to win the seat left vacant by the exit of Senator Chris Dodd, but the most recent Quinnipiac poll had her down by almost 10 percentage points to her opponent, Richard Blumenthal.
Anderson Cooper asked whether whether WWE "treated its employees" (the issue was providing healthcare to its wrestlers) played a role in her loss. Democratic analyst Paul Begala said he thought it had.
Boucher appeared to have a comfortable lead in the polls up until only a few weeks ago, but according to the latest SurveyUSA poll, independents broke for Griffith in the last days of the campaign.
Boucher has been a fixture in the House for well over two decades, and has been a strong voice for broadcaster interests, including trying to ensure that any FCC reclamation of spectrum from broadcasters be voluntary.
His race appeared to be a dead heat coming into Tuesday.
"With Rep. Boucher's loss, Congress loses one of its most knowledgeable on communications and tech issues,"
tweeted Ross Lieberman, vice president of government affairs for the American Cable Association.
Noted Public Knowledge president Gigi Sohn: "Tonight, the Congress has lost one of its most intelligent and tech-savvy members. Rick Boucher has been one of the most moderate and thoughtful voices on communications and intellectual property policy. It has been a great honor and pleasure working closely with him over these past nine years, and I hope to have the opportunity to do so again in the future."