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GOP dominates midterm election

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GOP dominates midterm election

Republicans capture Senate, increase House majority and win several “blue state” governorships.

“It doesn’t get any wavier than this.” 

So commented Democratic political strategist and Fox News contributor Joe Trippi when assessing whether the GOP’s staggering performance in yesterday’s midterm elections constituted a “wave election.”

In a sweeping nationwide victory, Republicans picked up a net 7 Senate seats across the country, giving it control of the Senate for the first time since 2006, and is poised to potentially pick up additional seats in Louisiana (which will apparently go to a run-off in December) and Alaska, which has not yet been called. 

“It doesn’t get any wavier than this.” 

Further, in perhaps the most astonishing result of the evening, GOP candidate Ed Gillespie is neck-in-neck with Democratic incumbent senator Mark Warner in Virginia, with all indications being that a recount will be necessary to determine the winner.  Gillespie had been written off for months, trailing by as many as 20 points in some polls. 

But the Republican dominance wasn’t limited to senate races.  The GOP majority in the House of Representatives is projected to increase by 12 seats, resulting in the largest majority since World War II.

Additionally, Republicans won gubernatorial races in blue states such as Maryland, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan.

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-VA), fresh off winning his race against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, is now poised to become Senate Majority Leader, replacing Senator Harry Reid (D-NV).

"For too long, this administration has tried to tell the American people what is good for them and then blame somebody else when their policies didn't work out,” he said in his victory speech. 

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), said that he is "humbled by the responsibility the American people have placed with us. But this is not a time for celebration. It's time for government to start getting results and implementing solutions to the challenges facing our country, starting with our still-struggling economy.” 

President Obama is expected to address the media later today to comment on the election results.

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