WASHINGTON — As we know, the 2014 midterms ended in favor of the Republican Party. The GOP gained a net of 7 U.S. Senate seats, one more than needed to take the outright majority in the upper chamber of Congress. They also held in the House of Representatives, meaning President Obama will have to reach across the aisle if he plans on getting legislation through his last two years in office.
Here’s a quick recap of how the Senate seats went on Election Day:
- Alaska: Mark Begich and Dan Sullivan is still a toss up and too close to call.
- Arkansas: Tom Cotton unseated Mark Pryor.
- Georgia: David Perdue received the necessary 50+% to avoid a runoff with Democrat Michelle Nunn, getting a comfortable 55% of the vote.
- Kentucky: Mitch McConnell beat back Alison Lundergan-Grimes’ challenge by a larger margin than anticipated, by a 56% to 40% margin.
- Michigan: Terri Land’s bid to upset Democrat Gary Peters was short-lived as Peters won handily.
- New Hampshire: Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown went toe-to-toe to the very end, with Shaheen winning by a close margin of 51%-48%.
- North Carolina: Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis battled to the very end, but Tillis edged Hagan 49%-47%. Tillis’ staff had previously admitted his internal polls never showed he was in the lead during his campaign.
- Virginia: Mark Warner vs. Ed Gillespie resulted in one of the closest races ever, with Warner claiming victory, but Gillespie may wait for a recount. This race was a lot closer than previously expected.
Other notable news are that in governor’s races, Republican upstart and businessman Larry Hogan shocked the political world and won in surprising fashion in blue state Maryland, while Republican governor Rick Scott won in Florida, beating Charlie Crist. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has not conceded to Republican challenger Bruce Rauner in a close race and Wendy Davis, the darling of the pro-abortion Left, lost to Republican Greg Abbott in Texas’ contest.
Scott Walker, a GOP 2016 favorite, beat his Democratic challenger Mary Burke.
The U.S. is seeing “red,” and now Harry Reid is no longer the Senate Majority Leader.