GOP wins House but Democrats keep Senate
In its best midterm showing in 16 years, the Republican Party has taken control of the U.S. House of Representatives as well as numerous state legislatures following yesterday's Midterm election, though Democrats managed to keep a narrow majority in the Senate.
Republicans saw net gain of at least 500 seats across state legislatures giving them control in states such as Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The GOP will fill the most state legislative seats since 1928, according to Reuters.
Though Republicans only needed 39 seats to wrestle control of the House, American voters delivered 60 to them, including 22 seats that were held by incumbent Democrats. A total of 39 of House and Senate seats went to Tea Party candidates such as Kentucky's Rand Paul.
Democrats lost six seats in the U.S. Senate though it is likely they will keep their majority in the U.S. Senate with a projected total of 53 seats.
It is typical that the party in control of White House loses legislative seats during the Midterm Elections. The party's gains at the state level not only boots its edge in the U.S. House but gives Republicans control of congressional redistricting – likely securing their hold on Congress over the next 10 years.
House Republican John Boehner, who is likely to replace Nancy Pelosi as House Majority Speaker, stated that the results were an implied memo to the White House during a rally last night. "While our new majority will serve as your voice in our people's house, we must remember, it's the president who sets the agenda for our government. The American people have sent an unmistakable message to him tonight, and that message is, 'change course'," he said.
Many believe the election was a reflection of Americans' sentiment of the President's policies, according to The LA Times. Obama has scheduled a press conference today during which he is expected to shift gears and reach out to Republicans who campaigned against most of his presidential agenda.