Voters foreclose on Democratic House

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November 3, 2010

By Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times

Frustrated and worried voters delivered an electoral rebuke to President Obama on Tuesday, bringing control of the House and at least a handful of Senate seats to Republicans and imperiling Mr. Obama’s agenda.

Republicans captured key House seats in Virginia, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, Florida and Texas. And television networks late Tuesday night projected a five-dozen seat gain in total — far more than the 39 needed to win control of the lower chamber.

The results from Indiana, Ohio and Virginia, where Democrats lost at least nine House seats, were particularly brutal for Mr. Obama, who even made a personal campaign stop last Friday in Charlottesville, Va., in a futile bid to rescue Rep. Tom Perriello. Mr. Obama won the White House in 2008 in part because he was able to sway voters in those states.

Among those ousted were two committee chairmen, Rep. John M. Spratt of South Carolina and Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, who between them had 64 years of experience in the House.

Republicans also picked up Senate seats in North Dakota, Indiana, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Illinois and Pennsylvania, though their dreams of taking the Senate slipped away as Democrats held onto West Virginia, Connecticut, California and Nevada — states the GOP would have had to capture to have a chance of holding a majority.

The Senate races in Alaska, Colorado and Washington were too close to call as of 3 a.m. Eastern time, although the Alaska race had boiled down to a contest between Republican Joe Miller and write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski, the Republican incumbent. Without those three state results, the Senate tally stood at 49 Democrats and 46 Republicans.

Mr. Obama warned voters that the election would have “dire consequences” as he made a last-minute plea for support, but the electorate instead seemed intent on producing the split government that it has preferred in recent decades.

Republicans saw the election as a call to roll back spending and other legislative achievements Mr. Obama has notched, though they said they will not overestimate their mandate.

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