Republicans upset the balance of power in Congress Tuesday night, taking over the Senate. The GOP now controls both the Senate and the House.
California, however, has remained “true blue,” with Democrats winning impressive margins in Congressional races. In Inglewood, Los Angeles, and surrounding areas, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Inglewood) won 70.4% of the vote against opponent John Wood, Jr. with 29.6%. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) easily won, with 83.8% against Adam King’s 16.2%.
Republicans enjoyed takeovers of seats in Arkansas, Colorado, Montana, West Virginia, South Dakota, Iowa and North Carolina. With 36 Senate seats up for grabs—most in red states—Democrats could not overcome the challenges. Compounding the problem was lower voter turnout (caused in part by voter suppression laws in red states), and declining approval numbers for President Obama.
The win will put Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) in charge of the Senate, replacing Harry Reid (D-Nevada). McConnell vowed from Day One to make Obama a “one-term president.” He did not succeed, but staunchly votes against bills proposed by the president. With the GOP set to dominate Congress in January, there appears to be an even rougher road ahead for Democrats.
Emphasizing the failure of Republicans to vote against anything Obama supports, Secretary of State John Kerry took a swipe at the GOP:
“I hope that the 60 outstanding nominees who have been the ‘prisoners of the political process’ for over a year now will be able to be passed very, very quickly. Thirty-nine of them are already on the Senate calendar.” He read the number of days some Obama nominees have been waiting for Republican votes in Congress: “One of them has been waiting 477 days, and one 473 days, to be passed. Another 466 days…” Kerry said.
Republicans also took control of governorships in Maryland, Arkansas, Illinois and Massachusetts. But again, California remained blue. Gov. Jerry Brown defeated Republican Neil Kashkari with 58.7%. He promised voters a “progressive,” but “fiscally responsible” California, and added, “I’m going to do my utmost to live up to the promise of California that brought my great-grandfather … here to Sacramento in 1852.”
ABC News reported that in Pennsylvania, Democrat Tom Wolf was projected to beat incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett—the first time a sitting governor has been defeated since the state approved two gubernatorial terms. Other states in which Democrats won gubernatorial races include: Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. There will be a likely runoff in Maine.