The knives have been thrown, nasty words have been exchanged and it all came down to this. Republicans took control of the House of Representatives and Rep. John Boehner of Ohio has replaced Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. The GOP was hoping to send a loud message to President Obama, and it looks like they did.
Democrat Harry Reid beat back Sharon Angle for the Senate seat in Nevada in the most closely watched race around the country. Democrat Joe Manchin fought against the odds and sealed the win in West Virginia as governor in a significant win for the Dems. Democrat Patrick Leahy won it easily in Vermont and will go back to the senate for a seventh term. The high-profile race In Kentucky wrapped up with Republican Rand Paul and the Aqua Buddha snatching the win from Democrat Jack Conway for the Senate. The three-way race between Kendrick Meek, Charlie Crist, and Marco Rubio ended in the newest rising star, Tea Party-backed candidate Rep. Marco Rubio, beating off his two opponents and clenching the victory in Florida. Democrat Andrew Cuomo took it away from Paladino, and the Rent is Too Damn High Party’s Jimmy McMillan fell off the radar in the New York race for governor.
Christopher Coons kept the Senate seat locked in the hands of the Democrats as he sent Christine O’Donnell flying off on her broom and saved the seat that was formerly held by Joe Biden for quite some time. Rep. John McCain was re-elected in Arizona with ease. Republican John Thune ran unopposed and was reelected to the Senate in South Dakota, while the North Dakota Senate seat went to Rep. John Hoeven. For Democrat Barbara Mikulski, it was back to Washington for another six years. She spanked Rep. Eric Wargotz with a 60 percent to 39 percent win. Republican Dan Coats took over Indiana, a state that Barack Obama carried for the presidency. Rhode Islanders told Dem Frank Caprio to “shove it” and picked Independent Lincoln Chafee as their Governor.
In California, Democrat Barbara Boxer managed to defend her Senate seat against Carly Fiorina. Citizens of California voted against Proposition 19. The use and sale of marijuana was not legalized.
Other important victories around the country:
Texas Republican Jim Perry re-elected as governor
Republican Tom Corbett for governor in Pennsylvania
Democrat Martin O’Malley for governor in Maryland
Rep. Ron Johnson took out incumbent Ross Feingold for senator of Wisconsin
Rep. Nikki Haley won as governor of South Carolina
Alaska’s Senate race is still undecided at this point. Write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski and Tea Party-backed candidate Rep. Joe Miller are still battling it out to the bitter end.
Democrats and Republicans are equally disapproved of by the country. Exit polls show that, for most voters, it was all about the resistance to Barack Obama’s policies and a disapproval of the progress made since his election as president. The President’s strong supporters who helped him take the White House in 2008 did not rally around the Democrats today. The young voters do not appear to have turned out in support of the Democrats. Women voters also abandoned the Dems. While Democrats around the country may be unhappy about the results of the 2010 election, this should be an important lesson: If you don’t participate in the process, you can’t complain.
CNN “Election Center” cnn.com