- Title: USA: Polls close in East Coast in crucial midterm elections
- Date: 3rd November 2010
- Summary: ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 2, 2010) (REUTERS) PEOPLE STANDING IN LINE TO VOTE WOMEN WALKING OUT AND PAN TO PEOPLE STANDING IN LINE ELECTION WORKERS VOTERS CASTING THEIR BALLOTS ELECTION WORKER STANDING MORE ELECTION WORKERS VARIOUS OF VOTERS CASTING THEIR BALLOTS WOMAN WALKING OUT AS POLLING DOORS CLOSE
- Embargoed: 18th November 2010 12:00
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: Domestic Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA2Z926H4TGVHV4HFQGMMZTKV4W
- Story Text: Polls start closing in the Eastern United States as crucial midterm elections enter its last phase-- ballot counting.
Polls closed in Virginia and other parts of the Eastern United States on Tuesday (November 2) as congressional midterm election results are eagerly awaited.
Republicans scored the first key election wins on Tuesday after a long and bitter campaign that could sweep Democrats from power in Congress and slam the brakes on President Barack Obama's agenda.
Anxiety over the stumbling economy and discontent with Obama propelled Republicans to the threshold of huge gains that could give them a majority in the House of Representatives and perhaps even the Senate.
Republicans picked up their first Senate seat from Democrats in Indiana. They also held Senate seats in Kentucky, where Republican Rand Paul became the first conservative Tea Party candidate to win a Senate race, and in Ohio.
Polls have closed in nine states, although it could be hours before many winners are determined. Voting will end in other states over the next five hours.
Opinion polls and independent analysts project Republicans will win at least 50 House seats, far more than the 39 they need to take control and topple Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from power. More than 90 Democratic seats are in danger, according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
Dozens of races are considered too close to call.
Republicans are also expected to make big gains in the Senate, but it will be more difficult for them to pick up the 10 seats they need for a majority. They would need to prevail in seven of eight tight races across the country.
Republican control of even one chamber of Congress would likely spark legislative gridlock, weakening Obama's hand in fights over the extension of soon-to-expire income-tax cuts and the passage of comprehensive energy or immigration bills.
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