The outcome, in a nutshell's nutshell: Great night for Republicans, considerably lousy one for Democrats. Republicans just about ran the table in the House, surpassing even the upper end of projections with a 60-seat gain. That's an even more sweeping victory than the 52-seat gain that ushered in the Newt Gingrich era in 1994. John Boehner is now the presumptive House Speaker, and Nancy Pelosi the presumptive ex-Speaker.Democrats fared a little better in the Senate, where Republicans picked up five seats, falling five short of the needed votes to win a majority. They also captured a symbolic prize: Barack Obama's old Senate seat in Illionois, and vanquished liberal stalwart Russ Feingold in Wisconsin. But two of their most sought-after quarries, Barbara Boxer and Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid, avoided the deluge and were sent back to Washington. Republicans also swiped at least 10 governorships from Democrats. That's nationally. While, like everyone else, Californians may still be seeing red, not so on the election map. The true-blue Golden State not only re-elected Boxer, but re-elected Democrat Jerry Brown--35 years apart--as governor. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, took the Lieutenant Governorship away from incumbent Republican Abel Maldonado. And with 96% of the vote in, Democrat Kamala Harris, also from San Francisco, is ahead of Steve Cooley in the Attorney General's race, by about 40,000 votes--too close to call.
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