WASHINGTON – Bankers lost at least four key congressional allies Tuesday night, though Republicans appear to have retained control of the House and Senate.

GOP Rep. Bill McCollum, a 20-year House Banking Committee veteran who has been a consistent advocate for the industry, lost his Senate bid in Florida to the state’s Democratic insurance commissioner, Bill Nelson, a consumer privacy hawk and former congressman who served on House Banking from 1985 to 1990.In New York, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton knocked out House Banking’s housing subcommittee chairman Rick Lazio.

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