Sen. Wyche Fowler (D-Ga.), a staunch cable TV industry ally in Congress, lost a close bid for reelection last week to Republican Paul Coverdell.
Fowler was forced into a runoff with Coverdell after failing to win a 50 %-plus-one majority on Nov. 3. His loss last week came despite election-eve visits by President-elect Bill Clinton and Vice President-elect Al Gore.
Fowler, a close friend of cable TV magnate Ted Turner, was one of only a handful of Democrats in the Senate who voted against the cable reregulation bill this year. His defeat means that Democrats will control the Senate for the next two years by a 57-43 margin. Coverdell is a former director of the Peace Corps.