On Tuesday night, the Republican Party took control of US Senate as it expanded its hold on the House while defending highly contested governors’s races. The victory appeared as people are angered by the president and there is economic dissatisfaction. Republicans gained Senate seats that belonged to Democrats in Colorado, Arkansas, South Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, Iowa and North Carolina.
At the same time, we saw Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell that cruised to being re-elected.
The 2014 US elections started with conflicts that swoop every single state and district, leading towards a Republican victory. The contests that analysts thought would be close were not at all and the races that were expected to be won by Democrats were won by Republicans, albeit a small victory margin.
Voters were lead towards the noticed punishing mood due to the growing anxiety caused by uneven economic recovery. This is mainly true for the Democrats in the Southern states and in Mountain West as political polarization clearly deepened.
A huge surprise appeared as republican Thom Tillis won the North Carolina seat as he gained ground after being behind Kay Hagan. At the same time, In Virginia, Mark Warner, who was seen as a safe solution without problems, found himself narrowingly winning against Ed Gillespie, former Republican Party chairman.
The Republican Party built a strategy that targeted the government’s competence, together with that of Barack Obama. In the states where Republicans were in charge, the lead was maintained. The loss of the Democratic party combined with the win of the Republican Party members means that House Republicans now have almost 245 seats, leading to a large Republican majority, the highest since the Truman administration.
Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, declared:
“Barack Obama has our country in a ditch, and many of his lieutenants running for the Senate were right there with him. The punishment is going to be broad, and it’s going to be pretty serious.”
The Republican victories also reset the entire political landscape, right before the 2016 presidential campaign. Barack Obama needs to make decisions and has to see if the Democrats will make a comeback or he will need to side with Republicans on various topics like tax reform and trade.
In a response to the wishes of the Republican Party, President Obama invited bipartisan leaders of Congress on Friday to the White House.