WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans rolled up big victories on Tuesday and seized control of the U.S. Senate in midterms elections that tipped the balance of power away from President Barack Obama and will complicate his remaining two years in office.
Voters unhappy with Obama, worried about the economy and weary of partisan gridlock in Washington gave Republicans a majority in both chambers of Congress for the first time since elections in 2006.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans scored big victories on Tuesday and edged closer to taking control of the U.S. Senate in midterms elections that could tip the balance of power away from President Barack Obama for his remaining two years in office.
Voters unhappy with Obama, worried about the economy and weary of partisan gridlock in Washington set Republicans on what could be a course to a majority in both chambers of Congress for the first time since elections in 2006.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. Senate, said on Sunday he expected the House of Representatives to pass a “skinnied-down” emergency funding bill this week to deal with a surge of migrant children at the southwestern U.S. border.
The Republican-controlled House is debating how much to pare from President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion supplemental request, although any House compromise is likely to face opposition in the Democratic-controlled Senate before lawmakers try to begin their scheduled summer break at the end of the week.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A combination of over-confidence, neglect of his district and voter anger at congressional leaders fueled Republican Eric Cantor’s stunning primary loss in Virginia, an upset that rocked the Republican Party.
Cantor’s loss on Tuesday to a political unknown, college professor and Tea Party challenger David Brat, followed a series of missed warning signs and miscalculations in the final weeks of a race that largely flew under the national political radar.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost to a Tea Party challenger on Tuesday in a stunning Republican primary upset that sent shockwaves through Congress and gave the conservative Tea Party movement the biggest victory in its four-year history.
Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, was easily beaten by college economics professor David Brat, CNN projected. With nearly 90 percent of votes counted, Brat had 56 percent to Cantor’s 44 percent.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia are favored to fend off Tea Party challengers in Republican primaries on Tuesday, when voters in five states pick candidates for the Nov. 4 midterm elections.
The Graham and Cantor showdowns are the latest in a series of primary clashes between the conservative Tea Party movement and the Republican establishment this year. The Tea Party is seeking its first high-profile win after a string of losses.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel battled to a virtual draw on Tuesday in their bitter Republican Senate primary and appeared headed to a rematch in a June 24 runoff.
Neither candidate appeared likely to capture the 50 percent of the vote needed for a clear win. With about 98 percent of the votes counted, McDaniel had 49.6 percent and Cochran 48.8 percent – a difference of about 2,500 votes.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi will be fighting for political survival on Tuesday in a Republican primary contest that represents the conservative Tea Party’s best chance to knock off a sitting senator this year.
The showdown between Cochran, who is seeking his seventh Senate term, and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel highlights a busy day of voting across the country as eight states hold primaries to select nominees for the Nov. 4 midterm elections.
HARLAN, Kentucky, May 28 (Reuters) – At campaign stops in
the coal-rich mountains of eastern Kentucky, Democrat Alison
Lundergan Grimes likes to say she embodies the words that
frighten her Republican Senate opponent Mitch McConnell the
most: “pro-coal Democrat.”
For Grimes and other coal country Democrats, embracing that
label is more than a political convenience. It’s vital for
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell easily dispatched a Tea Party challenger in Kentucky on Tuesday to win nomination to a sixth term, setting up one of November’s most expensive and hard-fought Senate races against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.
McConnell’s decisive victory over conservative businessman Matt Bevin was one of the highlights of the busiest election night of the year so far, as voters in six states picked candidates for November elections that will decide control of Congress.