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Republicans Ride the Wave to Gain Control of Congress

Frustration with the Obama administration, concerns with the direction of the economy, and enthusiasm from their supporters, Republicans gained control of Congress when they won the Senate and added seats to their majority in the House of Representatives. The Republicans won seven Senate seats by winning the open seats previous held by Democrats in Iowa, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia, and defeated incumbents in Arkansas, Colorado and North Carolina.

Republican Senators were able to hold on to their seats. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) won in what had been considered competitive races. There are still three states to be determined: Alaska, Louisiana and Virginia. Alaska is still counting votes with Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) trailing Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R-AK). Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) will face each other in a Dec. 6 runoff because neither candidate received 50% of the vote as required by Louisiana state law. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) is ahead of Republican Ed Gillespie but there may be a recount. The Republicans have gained at least 13 House seats with a few still to be decided. Republicans will have the largest majority in the House in nearly 80 years. 

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