Republicans take control of US Senate

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Republicans rolled up big victories on Tuesday and seized control of the U.S. Senate in midterm elections that tipped the balance of power away from President Barack Obama and will complicate his remaining two years in office.

 

Voters unhappy with Obama, worried about the economy and weary of partisan gridlock in Washington gave Republicans a majority in both chambers of Congress for the first time since elections in 2006.

 

Iowa Republican Joni Ernst won her race over Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Thom Tillis defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan in North Carolina, giving Republicans seven pickups from Democrats. They had needed six net gains to control the 100-member Senate.

 

Republican Senate candidates also picked up Democratic seats in Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South Dakota and Arkansas.

 

The Republican takeover of the Senate in January will force Obama to scale back his legislative agenda and limit his ambitions to either executive actions that do not require legislative approval, or items that might gain bipartisan support, such as trade agreements and tax reform.

 

But Republicans, hoping to win the White House in 2016, will also be under pressure to show Americans they are capable of governing after drawing scorn a year ago for shutting down the government in a budget fight. (Reuters)

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  • usoof Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:45 PM

    Will it be another chandrika and Ranil government. Will see how white manbehaves.

    pradeep Wednesday, 05 November 2014 02:06 PM

    Mr. Obama does not know how to win the election, if comes to Sri Lanka, we can teach him how be in power for ever ...

    subash Wednesday, 05 November 2014 02:24 PM

    Indeed happy time ahead! God bless America.

    BabaBoo Wednesday, 05 November 2014 11:25 AM

    This was expected as President Obama is being considered the worst President the US had after the war. It is due to his wait and see attitude and hoping things to mend by itself.

    BabaBoo Wednesday, 05 November 2014 11:28 AM

    Nothing like a white man to run a business?

    Gamaya Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:31 PM

    Hope the Republican controlled US Senate will respect the sovereignty of smaller nations and restore lost relations.

    Sam Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:36 PM

    Poor man Obama, he listened to our hostile nations to punish us.

    CW Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:39 PM

    Who cares?


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