08 November 2006

Roll Tide, ROLL!!!

This morning, it's GOOD to be a Dem'!

Hokahey! Fight The Man!

Democrats Seize Control of House
Democrats have won control of the US House of Representatives in mid-term polls for the first time in 12 years.

The party surpassed the 15 extra seats needed to wrest power from the Republicans, but the Senate race remains too close to call.

Democratic hopes of taking the Senate hinge on Montana and Virginia, but Virginia is facing a likely recount.

Correspondents say Democratic gains reflect voter discontent over Iraq, government corruption and the economy.

The BBC's Jamie Coomarasamy in Washington says the results have changed the political landscape in the US, and the last two years of the Bush presidency will be very different from those before.

With projected results still coming through, the Democrats had gained 29 House seats from the Republicans.

Democrats are also projected to have won four of six target Senate seats - and are leading in Montana and Virginia in races too close to call.

President George W Bush has scheduled a news conference for 1800 GMT - in which correspondents say he will give the first clue on whether he intends to compromise with his newly powerful opponents or fight.

Analysts say control of the House will allow Democrats to choose to launch inquiries into the handling of Iraq, and could lead to significant changes on domestic issues like taxation and health care.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi - poised to become the chamber's first female speaker - spoke of the need for a new direction in Iraq.

"We cannot continue down this catastrophic path," she said.

In key results:

McCaskill takes Missouri
Casey gains Pennsylvania
Brown gains Ohio
Whitehouse gains Rhode Island


* In Pennsylvania, Democrat Bob Casey Jr beat one of his party's biggest Republican targets this year, arch-conservative incumbent Rick Santorum

* In Ohio, where the Republican Party has been hit by scandal, Democrat Sherrod Brown won a decisive victory over incumbent Republican Mike DeWine

* The Senate seat in Rhode Island went to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse after a closely-fought battle with incumbent Republican Lincoln Chafee

* In New Jersey, Democrat incumbent Senator Bob Menendez succeeded in holding off a strong challenge from the Republicans' Thomas Kean

* The Senate seat in Connecticut has gone to Joe Lieberman, who stood as an independent after losing the Democratic primary to Ned Lamont amid strong anti-war feeling. He has said he will align himself with the Democrats

* Democrat Keith Ellison was elected as the nation's first Muslim member of Congress, taking a House seat in Minnesota

* Democratic Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has strolled to re-election in New York, as expected. Her win opens the way for a potential presidential run in 2008

* Republicans lost the Florida district of Mark Foley, who resigned after the disclosure that he sent sexually explicit messages to teenage male congressional assistants.

High turnout

Voters were also choosing governors in 36 states.

Democrat Deval Patrick is set to become the first black governor of Massachusetts, while Arnold Schwarzenegger has won a second term as California governor.

And in one of a series of state referendums, voters in South Dakota have overturned a near-total ban on abortions passed by the state legislature earlier this year.

A high turnout was reported in Tuesday's vote.

In Virginia, election officials told ABC News the FBI was investigating claims of voter intimidation.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2006/11/08 12:47:58 GMT



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