By Samuel Ogundipe
President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party was dealt a crushing blow at the Midterm elections conducted across the United States on Tuesday, a result that was largely viewed as a repudiation of the president’s liberal policies.
The Republican Party was largely expected to take control of the country’s Senate to complement its hold on the House, which it took over following the 2010 Midterm elections.
As at the time of filling this report, the party had secured a net gain of seven senatorial seats including the one won by Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, in the southern state of Kentucky. Election in Louisiana was forced into a run-off to be held in December, but it’s widely predicted to also be a Republican pick up. With his party now having 53 seats in the Senate, Mr. McConnell is expected to be the Majority Leader when the new Congress convenes in January.
“Thanks to you, Iowa, we are headed to Washington, and we are going to make them squeal,” the Associated Press quoted Joni Ernst, who was elected the first female senator from the midwestern state of Iowa, as saying.
The Republicans also recorded significant gains in the gubernatorial elections where it gained three new states, which include Connecticut, Massachusetts and President Obama’s home state of Illinois. The party now has control of 31 of the 52 states in the union. Governorship election results in Colorado, Alaska, Connecticut and Vermont are still being collated.
In the House of Congress, the Grand Old Party (a nickname for the Republican Party) is expected to increase its number of lawmakers past the 246 seats record it set during the administration of President Harry S. Truman 60 years ago.
“We are humbled by the responsibility the American people have placed with us but this is not a time for celebration,” said House Speaker, John Boehner, tweeted on Tuesday night.
President Barack Obama is expected to make a speech from the White House on Wednesday morning.