|AP / J. Scott Applewhite|
House Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) celebrates with fellow Democrats at an election-night rally at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday. She is joined by, from left, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), chairman of the House Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (Nev.); and Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Democrats won control of the House last night, but the fate of the Senate hangs on the outcome of two races:
Virginia, where the Democrat Webb leads the GOP incumbent Allen 1,170,564 to 1,162,717 (50% to 49%), with 99% of precincts reporting.
Montana, where the Democrat Tester leads the GOP incumbent Burns 174,045 to 172,302 (49% to 48%), with 91% of precincts reporting.
(All numbers current as of 7:20 a.m. EST Nov. 8.)
Resurgent Democrats won control of the House and challenged the Republicans’ grip on the Senate in midterm elections early Wednesday, riding a powerful wave of public anger over the war in Iraq and scandal at home.
“Mr. President, we need a new direction in Iraq,” said California Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record), celebrating her party’s return to power—and her own ascension as first female speaker in history.
Aided by public dissatisfaction with President Bush, Democrats won gubernatorial races in New York, Ohio and Massachusetts for the first time in more than a decade, then put Colorado, Maryland and Arkansas in their column as well.
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