Election Gives Republicans Control of US Congress

Republicans have recaptured control of the U.S. Senate and expanded their edge in the House of Representatives, giving them a majority in both houses of Congress for the final two years of President Barack Obama's presidency.

Democrats held 55 of the Senate's 100 seats before Tuesday's midterm elections, but Republicans gained at least seven seats with wins in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. As of Wednesday, three races were undecided: in Alaska, Louisiana and Virginia. 

The results were a stinging rebuff to Obama, who was not on the ballot but said that his policies were. At a  mid-afternoon news conference from the East Room at the White House the president said he is 'eager to work with Congress.' He had earlier invited congressional leaders to the White House for a Friday meeting to discuss legislative priorities.

Anger with Washington played heavily in the elections, according to Republican strategist Ford O’Connell: "Two-thirds of America thought the country was going in the wrong direction. They wanted a change in direction. And now it is up to Republicans to bring that change."

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