Partisan Identification

Gridlock Rules After National Election

As Republicans blew a seeming opportunity, the federal government remained blessedly divided

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BILLINGS — Tuesday night's shellacking of the Republican Party by Democrats will certainly induce some serious soul-searching among the nation's conservative types.

Not only did Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney flame out rather quickly, GOP candidates failed to flip some Senate seats that should have been easy victories, notably in Indiana and Missouri.

Democrats even went on offense, with Massachusetts electing Elizabeth Warren over Republican incumbent Scott Brown.