House Results With help from the Tea Party vote, Republicans were propelled to the majority in the House and successfully made gains in the Senate following Tuesday night's mid-term elections. Early Wednesday morning polls showed the Republican gain in the House surpassing the 39 needed to take control of the chamber. As of 8:30 AM EST, Republicans had claimed a total of 239 seats and Democrats had claimed 183 seats, with 13 seats still undecided. Of these undecided races, 10 are leaning Democratic and three are leaning Republican. In all, Republicans have gained at least 60 seats (with 62 Democratic seats switching to the GOP) in the House, which is more than the 52 they won in 1994 when the GOP swept control of the chamber. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) is now positioned to be the Speaker of the House, ending Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) historic run as the first woman to hold that position.
Projected House breakdown: If current trends hold, the projected breakdown in the House would be 242 Republicans and 193 Democrats.
Senate Results The Democrats held onto a slim majority in the Senate with help from projected wins by Harry Reid of Nevada and Chris Coons of Delaware. Write-in candidate Senator Mukowski (R-AK) was leading her race with Republican nominee Joe Miller that is still too close to call. If Murkowski's write-in campaign succeeds, it would be the first time since Strom Thurmond won in 1954 that a write-in candidate claimed a Senate seat. Key Senate seats won by Republicans included Marco Rubio in Florida, Mark Kirk in Illinois, Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, and John Boozman's victory over incumbent Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. In addition to Reid's victory in Nevada, key seats that were successfully held by Democrats included California (Barbara Boxer), Connecticut (Richard Blumenthal) and West Virginia (Joe Manchin).
Early morning polls (as of 8:30 AM EST) have the Democrats holding onto 49 seats with the Republicans gaining at least six, giving Republicans at least 46 seats with several races (in Colorado, Washington and Alaska) still undecided.
In spite of the Democrat's success in holding the Senate, some changes in Senate leadership are in store. With the retirement of Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT), it is expected that South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson will assume the chairmanship of the Senate Banking Committee. In addition, John Boozman's victory over Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln leaves a vacancy in the chairmanship of the Senate Agricultural Committee, which is likely to be assumed by Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow.
Projected Senate breakdown: If current trends hold, Democrats would hold 50 seats and Republicans would hold 48 seats, to go along with two independents who caucus with the Democrats.