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Americans Give Republicans Majority In Senate In RED Wave Election

November 5, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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The Red Wave covered America last night as Republicans stormed to victory in US midterm elections, rebuking President Obama’s policies by gaining control of the Senate and increasing their majority in the House of Representatives.

Taking advantage of voter frustration with incumbent Democrats and the unpopular policies of the Obama administration, Republicans won at least seven seats from Senate Democrats and that number is expected to increase to possibly 9 seats to claim total congressional control for the first time since 2006.

“The American people have put their trust in the Republican Party,” Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said shortly after the Democratic implosion.

Virginia-Undecided

The first warning sign of trouble for Dems came in the Virginia senate race where the race between Democratic Sen. Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia surprisingly is much closer than expected.

Although Warner declared victory, his lead was less than one percent, by state law if an election is decided by less than one percent, the candidate who is trailing can request a recount.

Preliminary exit poll results, Warner’s support among white voters has dropped markedly with the Virginia senator garnering the support of just over a third of white voters, compared to over 56% of the demographic in 2008. Additionally, Warner is leading Gillespie in support from independents by just single digits, a group he won by 38 points in 2008.

Gillespie is also running close with Warner in the Richmond/East region, an area which accounts for a quarter of Virginia’s voters.

Mark Warner considered a safe bet for Democrats to hold on to the seat.

North Carolina-Republican Win +1

In what was the most expensive senate race ever, North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis defeated Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in a race Democrats hoped would be a bright spot on Election Night.

Hagan entered office on the heels of President Obama’s coalition of support in 2008, however, she didn’t receive the margins of support she needed from urban voters in Charlotte and Greensboro to counter Republican turnout in rural parts of the state. Tillis labeled Hagan as a rubber stamp for President Obama and criticized her for missed Congressional hearings and personally benefitting from federal stimulus money through a company owned by her husband.

New Hampshire-Democract Win Hold

This was one of the few bright spots for Democrats, as Jeanne Shaheen won re-election in New Hampshire against Republican candidate Scott Brown. Brown, a former Massachusetts senator, shocked the political world in 2010 by winning the seat long held by the late Ted Kennedy. He was defeated in 2012 by Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He would have been the third senator in American history to represent two states. Brown jumped into the race against Shaheen, a former governor and state senator, in April. He’s faced down accusations of being a “carpetbagger,” and tied Shaheen to President Obama’s agenda and leadership on the U.S. response to the spread of the Ebola virus and terrorist group ISIS.

Shaheen has portrayed herself as an advocate for New Hampshire rather than her party, and focused her campaign on women’s health and equal pay.

Arkansas-Republican Win +2

In a stunning defeat for Democrats, Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., beat two-term Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, the first Senate Democrat to lose his seat this election cycle.

Pryor’s loss is a major upset to Democrats who were hoping to hold onto the seat and keep Republicans from taking control of the Senate. Pryor comes from a popular political family in the state. His father, David Pryor, represented Arkansas in the U.S. Senate and served as the state’s governor. The family maintains close ties with the Clintons, a connection that prompted former President Bill Clinton to campaign on Pryor’s behalf on multiple occasions.

But Cotton, a one term congressman and former Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was able to break through Pryor’s deep political connections in the state. Throughout the campaign, Cotton, 37, repeatedly tied Pryor to President Obama, whose favorability has reached an all-time low, and stressed issues related to national security, including how the administration’s is dealing with ISIS, on the campaign trail.

Colorado-Republican Win +3

Rising Republican star Rep. Cory Gardner defeated Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado, where universal mail-in ballots and a large bloc of Hispanic voters added uncertainty to one of the tightest Senate races in the country. Udall was one of the three Democratic incumbents to lose their Senate seat.

Udall, the son of the late Arizona congressman Mo Udall, lost control of the race this fall amidst criticism that his campaign focused too closely on Gardner’s past positions on women’s health. In March, Gardner said he no longer supported personhood amendments, which doctors say would limit access to birth control and make abortions illegal. He later voiced support for over-the-counter birth control.

Kansas-Republican Win +4

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas., managed to hold onto his Kansas Senate race despite a strong last minute push from independent Greg Orman. Republicans needed to hold onto the seat in order to gain control of the Senate.

South Dakota-Republican Win +5

Republican Mike Rounds, a former governor, defeated independent candidate Larry Pressler, a former Republican senator who voted for President Obama in 2008, and Democrat Rick Weiland.

While the race for retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson’s seat was a likely Republican pickup, both parties’ campaign committees announced six-figure ad buys in September after polling showed a tighter race between the three candidates—buys that were later scaled back after further polling showed Rounds with the lead.

Iowa-Republican Win +6

Another rising political star, Republican Joni Ernst defeated Rep. Bruce Braley in the Iowa Senate race to fill the open seat vacated by the retirement of Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democratic stalwart in the state. Ernst, 44, will be the first female senator to ever represent Iowa, a state that catapulted Barack Obama’s career just six years ago.

Ernst, an Iraq war veteran, shocked the political establishment when she won a crowded GOP primary in June. Ernst, a little known state senator, burst onto the national scene after releasing an attention grabbing ad called “Squeal,” which featured her talking about castrating hogs.

Alaska-Republican Win +7

Democratic Sen. Mark Begich is fighting to secure a second term in the U.S. Senate. He’s opposed by Republican Dan Sullivan, the state’s former attorney general and a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. Polls show Sullivan with a 5 percentage point lead. The race is likely to go Republican bringing the total number of seats won by the GOP to eight.

In Georgia-Republican Win-Hold

Republican David Perdue, a former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General, won the Georgia Senate race, clearing the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a January run-off. He bested Democrat Michelle Nunn, daughter of well-revered former Sen. Sam Nunn, and Amanda Swafford, the Libertarian candidate, who polled in the single digits but could have acted as a spoiler in the race.

Kentucky-Republican Win Hold

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell won re-election to his Kentucky Senate seat, putting him one step closer to becoming the next Senate Majority Leader when Republicans take control of the Senate. The 72-year-old current Senate Minority Leader beat Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State, in one of the country’s most closely watched races.

Montana-Republican Win +8

In Montana, Republican Steve Daines defeated Democrat Amanda Curtis, flipping control of the seat to the Republican Party for the first time since 1913.

West Virginia-Republican Win +9

Representative Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, won the Senate seat long held by Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat, to become that state’s first female senator and the first Republican elected to the Senate from West Virginia since 1956.

In Louisiana-Undecided

The Louisiana Senate race is heading into a December 6th run-off as no candidate was able to secure 50 percent of the votes Tuesday. ABC News projected Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., will face-off against Rep Bill Cassidy, R-La., in the December run-off that is shaping up to be a Bayou brawl on Dec 6th.

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