Election 2014

Official: Republicans Have Senate Majority


Republicans captured majority control of the Senate Tuesday, gaining at least seven seats as Democrats faced strong political headwinds in midterm elections where discontent with President Obama was a decisive theme.

On an election night that saw sweeping victories for their party, Republican governors Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Rick Scott in Florida won re-election over strong Democratic challenges, and Republican Larry Hogan won the Maryland governorship in a startling upset.

Republicans won Democratic-held Senate seats in Arkansas, Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia and Iowa, moving beyond the six-seat gain they need to win a majority — and even more power to shape the final two years of Obama's presidency.

Facing an even more Republican Congress in his final two years in office, Obama invited House and Senate leaders of both parties to a meeting Friday at the White House.