2014 Post-Election Roundup

The 2014 election brought sweeping wins for Republicans both nationally and in key states like Ohio.

Republicans captured total control of Congress for the first time in eight years, with an expanded majority in the United States House and control of the United States Senate and majorities in state legislatures.

The 2014 election brought sweeping wins for Republicans both nationally and in key states like Ohio.

Republicans captured total control of Congress for the first time in eight years, with an expanded majority in the United States House and control of the United States Senate and majorities in state legislatures.

In the United States House, Republicans picked up 11 new seats and have a plus 60 seat margin. Democrats lost control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections and are at risk of having the fewest seats since before the Great Depression.

Democrats lost nine seats in the United States Senate which tilted control to Republicans.

Mitch McConnell of Kentucky survived a challenge from Alison Lundergan Grimes and is expected to become majority leader. Republicans picked up Senate seats held by Democrats in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. Republican Joni Ernst was also the first woman Senator elected in Iowa history.

The Republican takeover of the Senate will likely force Obama to use his veto power, which he has only used twice in the last six years. In return, the Republican majority in the Senate could also complicate Obama’s judicial appointments, including appointments to the Supreme Court.

In governor’s races, Democrats were hoping to knock off Republicans Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Rick Scott in Florida and Rick Snyder in Michigan. All survived.

In Pennsylvania, incumbent republican Tom Corbett was ousted by Democrat Tom Wolf. Republican Governor Same Brownback of Kansas, considered vulnerable after making deep tax cuts which hurt the state’s economy, was returned to office. Democrats hold only 17 governorships to Republicans 31.

In Ohio, John Kasich won reelection by the second-largest margin in state history and won 86 of 88 counties. Statewide officeholders in Ohio also won by double-digit margins and won in traditionally Democratic parts of the state.

Ohio House Republicans picked up five districts that were previously held by Democrats and now hold the largest majority held by either party since the number of districts was reduced to 99.

The Ohio Senate, meanwhile, remained unchanged, with Republicans holding a 23-10 supermajority.

The wins in Ohio were reflective in states across the country.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Republicans have unified control – including the governorship and the legislature – in 23 states compared to the 7 states held by Democrats.

All told, a great day for Republicans and Americans everywhere.

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