The Republican Party has seized control of the Senate, picking up seats in such states as Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
“Republicans also retained control of the House on Tuesday, putting Democrats in a tight spot for the remainder of President Barack Obama’s time in office. Democrats also struggled in gubernatorial races around the nation, with conservatives like Rick Scott in Florida and Scott Walker in Wisconsin winning re-election,” The Huffington Post reports.
“Republicans scored some unlikely wins in gubernatorial races, including in Massachusetts and Maryland, two Eastern states with large populations of Democratic votes. In Maine, the state’s Republican governor was reelected, and in Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback rode the Republican wave to victory in an election in which he looked unsteady at times,” The Wall Street Journal says. “Vermont’s governor’s race seems poised to produce an unusual outcome: since no candidate is likely to win a majority of the vote, the state’s legislature will be given the responsibility of picking among the two leading candidates.”
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivered a speech in front of supporters late Tuesday admitting that he was not ready to concede the election to challenger Bruce Rauner, despite the fact that many publications have called the race for the Republican political newcomer.
“There are a lot of votes still to be counted,” Quinn told supporters. “I don’t believe in throwing in the towel when there are that many votes still to be counted.”
As of late Tuesday night, the splash page for the Quinn For Illinois campaign website said, “We’re still waiting for the final results to come in. Thanks for your support.”
Meanwhile, Rauner declared victory in a speech late Tuesday, promising a “new direction” for Illinois.
With 99 percent of precincts by Tuesday, only Quinn’s Chicago base of Cook County tipped in his favor; Rauner won the influential “collar counties” around Chicago and easily carried downstate counties as well.
Chicago Board of Election Commissioners spokesman Jim Allen told the Sun-Times that the calls – which reportedly gave election judges false information about voting requirements and eligibility – prompted more than 2,000 no-shows on Election Day.
“You’re interfering with the orderly conduct of a federal election in our opinion,” Allen said.
“It’s time to go in a new direction,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) who is expected to be Majority Leader, after he defeated his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, by a decisive margin. “We can have real change in Washington, and that’s just what I intend to deliver.”
A slow economic recovery and a series of jolting events, including an Ebola outbreak and the rise of Islamic State in the Middle East, left many voters anxious and looking for change.
“This is possibly the worst possible group of states for Democrats since Dwight Eisenhower,” Mr. Obama commented the latest news during a Tuesday afternoon interview with a public radio station in Connecticut.