Sean Bielat

Barney Frank wins in Mass.

For weeks we've been hearing about how Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), one of a small handful of openly gay House members and a liberal bastion, could lose to Republican Sean Bielat in a race some critics said was tinged with gay bating.

Well, so much for predictions; the AP has been called for Frank, and projections have him winning some 61 percent of the vote to 36 percent for Bielat.

Frank was a big Tea Party target, and apparently that didn't make much of a difference in a night that's shaping up as a mixed bag for the insurgent movement, but with some high profile losses.

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