Richard Shelby wins 5th Senate term

Associated Press - November 2, 2010 8:14 PM ET

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republican Richard Shelby has won a fifth 6-year term in the Senate, easily defeating Democratic newcomer William Barnes.

Shelby hasn't faced a serious re-election threat since he first won the seat in 1986, and this year was no different. Based on an Associated Press analysis of preliminary exit poll data, Shelby won easily Tuesday.

The conservative from Tuscaloosa is a persistent critic of President Barack Obama, and he's now poised to gain additional power in the new Congress.

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