Election Night went down to the wire for nets

Election Night went down to the wire for nets 1Election Night 2006 lived up to expectations as a late-night nail-biter for the TV networks.

While control of the House of Representatives was called in favor of the Democrats shortly before 11 p.m. EST, the results of three Senate races were too close to call long past the bedtimes of most network news anchors and viewers on the East Coast. The elections in Montana and Missouri were too tight to project by early morning EST, and it seemed all-but-certain that the Virginia race between incumbent George Allen and challenger James Webb would come down to a recount Wednesday and possibly further court action.

The Tennessee Senate race was called shortly after midnight, leaving CNN to say that the Republicans had to only win one of the three contested seats to regain control of the House while the Democrats had to win all three.