Tuesday evening a tidal wave swept through the Senate as well as in the House and even through some governor races throughout the country. After eight years in the minority, the Republican Party has taken the reigns of the Legislative branch of government. President Obama now is forced to work with the Republican Party called this a direct rejection of the Obama agenda. The deciding race was Thom Tillis’s victory over popular Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina.
After months of voter surveys suggested a close battle for the Senate, the GOP romped into the majority, gaining seven seats — one more than needed — even before the polls closed in Alaska, the last of the battleground states. The Republicans will now have control of the legislative agenda. The GOP’s agenda will strongly focus on job creation and energy measures including a vote on Keystone XL pipeline. However, we are still unsure of how many seats they will officially claim as the Senate race in Louisiana is heading to a runoff. Things aren’t looking great for Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Mary Landrieu, despite her confidence before Tuesday’s election. With all precincts reporting in the early hours of the morning, she had brought in a plurality of voters, but her main Republican challenger, Bill Cassidy, was close behind. In addition, if he picks up all of Republican candidate Bill Maness’s votes, Cassidy will easily walk to a win on Dec. 6.
Republicans and Democrats have begun discussions on possible areas of compromise, which in a Republican-controlled Senate could include deals on taxes, trade, energy and infrastructure. Exit polls show the GOP drew strength from voters who felt left behind economically. Almost half said their own families’ financial situations hadn’t improved much over the past two years, and a fourth said it had gotten worse. Those who said their finances were worse supported Republican congressional candidates by more than a 2-1 margin.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus spoke on his party’s victories last night.
We won in red states, we won in blue states and we won in purple states,” “This was all about a direct rejection of the Obama agenda.”
Because of the Republican Party takeover, Senator John McCain will become the new chairman of the Armed Services Committee. McCain would have an influential role in spearheading defense policy from Capitol Hill. That includes the Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual bill that outlines defense policy and tells the Pentagon what it can and can’t spend money on.
Possible 2016 candidates are eager to polish their credentials. Senator Ted Cruz strongly wants another fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act even though his fellow colleagues say they need to move on.