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November 5th, 2014

Republicans Capture Senate, Expand Majority in the House

The Republican Party saw big gains during last night’s elections, taking control of the Senate for the first time since 2007, and expanding their majority in the House by at least ten seats. These additional seats put the GOP within reach of holding their largest House advantage since the 1940s.

On the Senate side, Republicans secured victory in seven states where Democrats currently hold seats -– Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. Three incumbent Democratic senators lost their seats – Sens. Kay Hagan (D–NC), Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Mark Udall (D-CO).

Senate races in Louisiana and Alaska remained undecided this morning. The race in Louisiana will not be settled until December, when Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) will face Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) in a runoff election. Final results in Alaska’s close race between Sen. Mark Begich (D) and Dan Sullivan (R) could be delayed for days as votes are counted from remote villages.

The Democrats were only able to protect two incumbent Senators. In New Hampshire, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen defeated Scott Brown (R), a former Massachusetts Senator who moved across the state line to run against Shaheen. In Virginia, Sen. Mark Warner (D) won by a razor-close margin over Republican Ed Gillespie.

The change in Senate control means that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will assume the position as Senate Majority Leader and that there will be a sweeping change in committee leadership positions.

Rep. John Boehner commented last night that he is “humbled by the responsibility the American people have placed with us.” He noted that “this is not a time for celebration, it’s time for government to start getting results and implementing solutions to the challenges facing our country, starting with our still-struggling economy.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has controlled the Senate since 2007, congratulated Republicans on their victory. “The message from voters is clear: they want us to work together,” Reid said. “I look forward to working with Sen. McConnell to get things done for the middle class.”

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