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Big Win for Republicans; Severe Blow for Obama
Nov 08, 2014

A Republican wave swept away President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party in the crucial US Congressional elections, with the Grand Old Party wresting the Senate and retaining the House of Representatives with an even bigger majority. The Republicans also went on to grab the bulk of the gubernatorial races, which included totally unexpected victories in such Democratic bastions as Obama’s own Illinois, Massachusetts and Maryland.The Republicans dislodged the Democrats by securing a clear majority in the all-powerful Senate. They now have 52 seats in the 100-member chamber against 43 held by Democrats and two Independents. 

In the 435-member House of Representatives, which has been under Republican control since 2010, the party improved its tally. It has captured 243 seats against Democrats’ 175. For Obama, the results represent a grim foreboding for his final two years at the White House. Even with the Senate under Democrats, he was faced with a Congressional gridlock to get his legislative agenda through. With both chambers now out of his party’s control, Obama can achieve little without Republican concurrence. These Senate elections produced many surprises, including the defeat of some Democratic incumbents for whom Bill and Hillary Clinton had actively campaigned. 

On the ballot were all 435 voting seats of the House of Representatives, 36 of the 100 Senate seats and 36 of the 50 governorships. Though President Barack Obama was not on the ballot, his policies were.


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