Resurgent Republicans gained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, according to various news outlets. The GOP was adding seats in the Senate, too, in midterm elections shadowed by recession and fueled by a rebellion of tea party conservatives.
“We’ve come to take our government back,” Sen.-elect Rand Paul told cheering supporters at a victory party in Bowling Green, Ky.
Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas lost her seat and House members in Florida, Indiana and Virginia were among the Republicans’ victims. First-term Rep. Tom Perriello in Virginia was a casualty despite a late-campaign appearance on his behalf by President Barack Obama.
On a good night for Republicans, Paul and tea party favorite Marco Rubio in Florida coasted to easy Senate victories, overcoming months of withering Democratic attacks on their conservative views. But Christine O’Donnell lost badly in Delaware.