- Title: USA: Newspaper headlines tout change in U.S. Congress
- Date: 4th November 2010
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 3, 2010) (REUTERS) EARLY MORNING SHOT OF U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING WORKER AT NEWSEUM LOADING NEWSPAPERS INTO CASES ON THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING
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- Country: USA
- Topics: Communications,Domestic Politics
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- Story Text: After Republicans pushed Democrats from power in the biggest congressional shift in more than 60 years, newspaper headlines range from "Voters Foreclose on Dem House" to "GOP Takes Control of House."
Americans awoke to headlines touting a GOP takeover of the House of Representatives Wednesday (November 3) morning.
Voters punished Democrats over the sluggish economic recovery and delivered a divided Congress in Tuesday's midterm elections. Republicans pushed Democrats decisively from power in the House of Representatives and strengthened their ranks in the Senate.
The election results will likely bring legislative gridlock when the new Congress takes power in January.
"I'd rather see an even split. You know, a 50-50 in both houses of Congress because then the people in the middle would have to think and make decisions rather than just holding the party lines," Washington, D.C. resident Miller Taylor said.
Democrats, like Virginia resident Michael Reardon said the results were painful, but expected.
"We've been expecting it for so many weeks now that after a while you get used to it. You know, it's like getting used to pain. You know what's coming, so. It's like an operation."
Washington, D.C. resident Hayden Travis said she was energized this election by the Tea Party candidates, but was hoping for more wins.
"I was hoping for more Tea Party candidates to be able to take the Senate but I'm pleased that we were able to see a lot of, a lot of big victories," Travis said.
The Republican rout extended from coast to coast and knocked at least 30 Democratic incumbents out of the House. In the Senate, Republicans gained six seats, including seats in Indiana, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Arkansas as well as Obama's former seat in Illinois.
It was the biggest shift in power since Democrats lost 75 House seats in 1948.
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