Republicans take control of both House and Senate

Nov 5, 2014 8:37 AM by Cheryl Wengren

WASHINGTON (AP) - America has awoken to a new political dynamic today, with sharper dividing lines in an already divided government following yesterday's midterm election.

Republicans have seized control of the Senate from the Democrats for the first time since 2006. And the GOP has an even tighter grip on the House.

One of President Barack Obama's first phone calls following yesterday's big election loss by the Democrats was to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who's now positioned to become the new Senate majority leader. The two did not connect, but Obama left McConnell a message.

House Speaker John Boehner says yesterday's victory is still not a time for celebration for his fellow GOP. He says, "It's time for government to start getting results and implementing solutions to the challenges facing our country, starting with our still-struggling economy."


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