The 2010 election was held on Tuesday, Nov. 2, with at least 36 of the 100 seats in the Senate being contested and all U.S. House seats up for election. After sweeping victories, Republicans will control at least 239 seats in the House of Representatives in the next Congress, eliminating a previous Democratic majority. In the Senate, the Democratic majority will remain with a 53-46 advantage.
The U.S. Senate
After the 2010 midterm elections, Democrats will hold 53 seats to the Republicans' 47. The final race was decided on Nov. 17, with Alaska's incumbent senator and write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski defeating Republican Joe Miller. Murkowski, who ran as an independent after losing the Republican primary to Miller, will likely rejoin the Republican caucus.
The U.S. House of Representatives
Republicans scored sweeping victories in the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterms. While a handful of races have yet to be officially called, there will be at least a 60-member swing, tipping the balance of power toward the GOP. Republicans will hold at least 239 seats to the Democrats' 188, ending four years of a Democratic majority.
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Balance of Power
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