On historic night, Republicans sweep House Democrats from power
Republicans needed to claim 39 Democratic seats to retake the House Tuesday. They won more than 60, surpassing the 'Republican Revolution' of 1994.
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“The outcome of the election does not diminish the work we have done for the American people. We must all strive to find common ground to support the middle class, create jobs, reduce the deficit and move our nation forward,” Speaker Pelosi said.Skip to next paragraph
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More than a dozen moderate Democrats repudiated her leadership during tough campaigns this season. Most will not be returning to the Congress. House majority leader Steny Hoyer (D) of Maryland, a likely prospect to replace Pelosi, praised those who had turned out to vote tonight. “We’re going to be listening to them,” he said.
Republican gains widespread
GOP gains spread out across the country.
In New England, where House Republicans had been driven to the point of extinction, GOP candidates won back two seats. Republicans swept both House seats and the Senate race in New Hampshire. Former Rep. Charlie Bass (R) of New Hampshire took back the seat he lost when Democrats took back the House in 2006. New England has not had a GOP representative in the House for the last four years.
But Democrats defended their lock of delegations in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Delaware and Rhode Island. Rep. Barney Frank (D), who led the drive for Wall Street reform in the House, loaned his campaign $200,000 when it appeared that the race might be tightening. He won with a comfortable margin, 54 to 43 percent over Republican Sean Bielat.
In the South, white Democrats were battered, including longtime incumbents. Maverick Rep. Gene Taylor, who voted against his party’s health-care reform, climate-change, and financial-regulation bills – and even against Pelosi as Speaker – was not spared. He conceded defeat to GOP state Rep. Steven Palazzo.
Freshman who backed their leadership on tough votes were especially hard-hit.
Reps. Kathy Dahhkemper (D) of Pennsylvania and John Boccieri (D) of Ohio both switched votes to give Pelosi a majority on health-care reform. They both lost their seats to Republican car dealers, Mike Kelly and Jim Renacci, who entered the race after their businesses were closed in the wake of the Obama administration’s auto bailout. (Mr. Kelly subsequently got the decision reversed on appeal.) The Republicans campaigned on reducing the reach of government into the affairs of small businesses and ending the uncertainty created by new big government programs and tax increases.