On November 4, 2014 the nationwide midterm elections were held that resulted in the Republicans taking over the Senate for the first time in 8 years! Going into Tuesday’s election, the Democrats held a 53 to 45 seat majority in the Senate. The GOP won seats currently held by Democrats in West Virginia, Arkansas, Colorado, South Dakota, Montana and Iowa, giving them the net pick up of six seats they needed to hold 51 Senate seats. Out of the 36 seats that were open inside the Senate, 52 were awarded to the Republican Party.
What does this mean?
The guaranteed GOP control of the Senate will immediately reshape Washington once the new Congress takes over in early 2015. President Obama faces a tough final two years in office after Republicans won control of the Senate.
The President will now have to contend with a government fully controlled by his opponents following the mid-term election results.