Democrat Ron Wyden held onto his Senate seat tonight to take a third full term in office, easily holding off a challenge from a Republican candidate who had largely financed his own campaign.

Democrat Ron Wyden held onto his Senate seat tonight to take a third full term in office, easily holding off a challenge from a Republican candidate who had largely financed his own campaign.

Wyden was a rarity among U.S. Senate Democrats — he never faced much of a challenge and coasted to a victory in a state where Democrats hold a 200,000 voter-registration advantage.

Republican Jim Huffman, a law professor, ran a campaign largely financed by personal loans and questioned climate-change data. Before his campaign, he defended bonuses for Wall Street executives, which Wyden's campaign used against him in a state struggling through economic problems.

Wyden returns to Washington with seats on the influential Finance and Budget committees.

- The Associated Press