GOP takes house; Dems hold senate
Top news: Riding a surge of voter discontent with the state of the economy, the Republican Party retook the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday night, dealing a major blow to President Barack Obama’s domestic and international agenda. Republicans have won at least 58 seats in the House, exceeding the 52 they won during the Republican sweep of 1994.
The Democrats will hold their majority in the Senate, though Republicans picked up at least six seats, a significant gain in today’s filibuster-heavy politics. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid held his seat after a close-fought battle with Tea Party favorite Sharon Angle.
Tea Party backed candidates Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio won their races, increasing the anti-big government movement’s visibility and influence in Washington, though others did not fare so well. Despite heavy media coverage, Chrstine O’Donnell was defeated in Delaware and Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, running as a write-in candidate, appears likely to have pulled off a victory against Tea Party-backed Joe Miller, though her votes still need to be verified. Senate races in Colorado and Washington were still too close to call on Wednesday morning.
Despite the passage of major healthcare reform legislation and stimulus spending, polls showed voters even more dissatisfied with congress than when Democrats retook control in 2006. Nearly nine in ten said they were worried by the state of the economy.
FP‘s Cable blog has much more on the foreign-policy implications of last night’s results.