In both chambers of Congress, the postelection intrigue about leadership posts is mostly on the Republican side of the aisle, as the GOP establishment confronts the tea party insurgency.
California voters resoundingly voted down Proposition 23, which would have limited the environmental requirements of law AB 32, California's anti-greenhouse gas law.
The emergence of the tea party movement is arguably the most dynamic element of the 2010 midterm elections. Many 'tea party' candidates won the backing of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin – but also earned the disdain of the Republican establishment. In the end, which candidates with tea party support won, who lost, and what's next?
The election of Nikki Haley as the first Indian-American governor of South Carolina isn't a particularly big deal for self-assured India. But closer ties with the US remain a focus.
The issues that mattered most to voters, including sluggish economic growth and the high unemployment rate, figured prominently in the governor election results.
Diane Denish was defeated by Republican Susana Martinez who got 54 percent of the vote Tuesday night, according to unofficial returns. She was the first woman to be elected New Mexico's governor.
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Election 2010 voters sent a strong message of discontent to President Obama on the economy. They also handed him a big political challenge: work toward greater bipartisanship.
Republicans needed to claim 39 Democratic seats to retake the House Tuesday. They won more than 60, surpassing the 'Republican Revolution' of 1994.
Moderate and conservative Democrats were hit particularly hard on election night, despite the fact that many opposed Obama administration initiatives.