Election analysts say voters have put the U.S. House of Representatives under control of the Republians Tuesday and probably left Democrats with a slim majority in the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has defeated Sharron Angle in Nevada, and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has defeated Carly Fiorina by a narrow margin. A number of Democrats, including Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., and Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., have lost.
The margin in 2 Senate races is less than 1%, but it appears that the Senate will end up with 50 Democrats, 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats, and 48 Republicans.
In the House, where incumbents traditionally have had a great deal of job security, Democrats started with a 255-178 majority. There were 2 vacant seats. At press time, MSNBC and Fox News projections were showing that Republicans would emerge with at least 239 seats and Democrats with just 183.
The list of Democratic veterans who lost includes Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., who helped draft investor-related provisions in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., a former North Dakota insurance commissioner who has been active in working on estate tax bills and other bills of interest to insurers and insurance producers.
Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., who has been chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, will be returning to Congress.
Similarly, at the state level, 26 governors were Democrats Monday and 23 were Republicans. One was an independent. Today, it appears that at least 28 states will have governors who are Republicans, and the total could go as high as 34.
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Voters also were choosing insurance commissioners in a number of states. Here is a look at state commissioner races:
- California (94% of the precincts reporting) – Dave Jones, a Democrat, leading Mike Villines, 51% to 38%. Richard Bronstein, the Libertarian candidate, has 3.9% of the vote.
- Georgia (97% of the precincts reporting) – Ralph Hudgens, a Republican, leading Mary Squires, the Democrat, 54% to 42%. Shana Bruce, the Libertarian candidate, has 3.8% of the vote.
- Oklahoma (all precincts reporting) – John Doak, the Republican, has defeated Kim Holland, the Democratic incumbent, 54% to 46%.
In Kansas, Sandy Praeger, the current insurance commissioner, was up for reelection but had no opponent.
In Arizona, Colorado and Oklahoma, voters considered ballot measures that would have outlawed the kind of individual health insurance ownership requirement built into the Affordable Care Act, the federal legislative package that includes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The measures passed in Arizona and Oklahoma and failed in Colorado.
– Allison Bell