Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Republicans Take the Senate, Expand Seats in House and Governorships

Drew Thies

Republicans seized control of the U.S. Senate early in the midterms, taking many seats controlled by Democrats and not losing a single seat previously controlled by their party.

The GOP won Senate seats in every state Mitt Romney won in the 2012 presidential election and carved a path into previous Obama strongholds, Iowa and Colorado. Republicans also took seats from Democrats in Arkansas, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Despite votes still being counted in Alaska and Virginia and a Louisiana runoff scheduled in December, Republicans will control at least 52 seats in the Senate.

The Republicans’ lead was also expanded in the House, where they picked up 13 seats at the time of publication and now hold a nearly 50 seat lead on Democrats in the chamber.

Governorships, which some pollsters thought may be a ray of light for the Democratic party, also stayed mostly Republican, with the GOP picking up new seats in Massachusetts and Illinois while fending off top challengers in other states with embattled incumbents.

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