(SEATTLE) -- Democrats now hold a three-seat majority in the U.S. Senate, thanks in part to Sen. Patty Murray's declared victory over Republican opponent Dino Rossi Thursday evening. With the win, the Democratic senator from Washington state will be headed to Congress for a fourth term.
Murray told supporters gathered for her victory speech that she'll be busy when she goes back to Washington, D.C.
"We'll have a chance to talk to the new members and the returning members to make a determination of how to move forward," she said. "My priority will be to make sure that our middle class families get what they need, including making sure that we extend the state sales tax deduction."
Murray added that she'll be able to handle a mixed majority in Congress, saying, "I have been in the minority, I have been in the majority, I have been 50-50, I've been in both houses Republican controlled and both houses Democratic controlled. I'm always able to find willing partners on the other side of the aisle."
The senator's speech came shortly after she got a concession call from Rossi, who congratulated her but also encouraged her to consider making changes to the health care reform bill.
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