Dissatisfaction, turnout drove GOP to big wins

Dissatisfaction, turnout drove GOP to big wins

A sharp drop in turnout, a wave of voter unhappiness with both parties and a geographically favorable slate of Senate races combined to give the GOP the advantage it needed to pull off an unexpectedly strong victory Tuesday, according to exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks. Disdain toward both parties dominated. […]

A revamped political landscape with more division

A revamped political landscape with more division

America awoke Wednesday to sharper dividing lines in an already divided government, forcing President Barack Obama to recalibrate his approach and giving Republican leaders in Congress new muscle to check him. The president scheduled an afternoon news conference to offer his take on an Election Day thumping of Democrats that gave Republicans control of the […]

Now the focus shifts to 2016 Presidential campaign

Now the focus shifts to 2016 Presidential campaign

And so it begins. Even before the polls had closed on Election Day, Republicans had shifted their focus to 2016 and the party’s top target: Hillary Rodham Clinton. And by the end of the night, the GOP had claimed victories in Senate contests and governor races that will serve as a White House launch pad […]

Key players playing high stakes on election night

Key players playing high stakes on election night

Republicans rolled in a series of races Tuesday to seize control of the Senate, the biggest prize in the midterm elections. This, while seeing two vulnerable GOP governors defeat their challengers in marquee races in Wisconsin and Florida and building an even stronger majority in the House. Altogether, Republicans needed to gain six seats to […]

A big GOP sweep in governor’s races

A big GOP sweep in governor’s races

Republicans swept governor’s races across the country Tuesday, holding on to control of key swing states like Florida, Michigan and Ohio and scoring upsets in Democratic bastions like Maryland, Massachusetts and Illinois. Among the victors was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a conservative darling who won his third election in four years. The victories boosted the […]

Who will win, who will lose in Tuesday’s elections?

Who will win, who will lose in Tuesday’s elections?

Public campaigning gave way to the privacy of the voting booth Tuesday with control of the Senate, the makeup of the House and three dozen governorships at stake. President Barack Obama, his approval ratings low, was not on the ballot midway through his second term. But even he said his policies were, and Republicans rushed […]

A lot of stake in Tuesday’s mid-term elections

A lot of stake in Tuesday’s mid-term elections

Above all else, what’s at stake in Tuesday’s midterm elections is control of the U.S. Senate. That, in turn, will shape the fate of President Barack Obama’s agenda for the rest of his term. And everything else that Congress wants to do, or stop from getting done. Republicans need to gain six seats to win […]

Obama campaigns in Connecticut and Pennsylvania

Obama campaigns in Connecticut and Pennsylvania

President Barack Obama is placing his ability to energize voters to the test in two high-profile governor races, making a final election-season push to save a Democrat in Connecticut and unseat a Republican in Pennsylvania. In a swing Sunday through two states he carried in both 2008 and 2012, the president hoped to mobilize members […]

Democrats complain of drop in outside spending

Democrats complain of drop in outside spending

Environmentalists, labor and women’s groups that spent more than $29 million to help House Democrats in 2012 have put up barely a quarter of that amount this year, sparking grumbling among party strategists that is likely to grow louder after Election Day. Democrats, already in the minority, are in jeopardy of losing at least a […]

Will Tuesday’s election decide Obama’s legacy?

Will Tuesday’s election decide Obama’s legacy?

Clashing views from the White House and Republicans about the nation’s trajectory are closing out the final week before Election Day. President Barack Obama on Saturday emphasized economic growth during his tenure while the Senate’s Republican leader depicted events he says seem to be spinning out of the White House’s control. Obama and Senate Minority […]

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