FILE – In this Sept. 16, 2014 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, flanked by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, right, arrive for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. All along, the biggest question this election was whether Republicans could take over the Senate and add it to their solid House majority. Republicans need to gain six net seats to do so. Three, in states where Democrats are retiring, seem nearly certain: West Virginia, Montana and South Dakota. Republicans’ chief targets elsewhere are Democrats running for re-election in states that President Barack Obama lost: Alaska, Louisiana, Arkansas and North Carolina. Three other possibilities _ Iowa’s open seat, and strong challenges to Democratic senators in Colorado and New Hampshire _ give Republicans multiple paths to a Senate majority. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)