Republicans Retain Control of House
Although Jesse Jackson Jr. won re-election
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2012 5:17 PM CST
Updated Nov 6, 2012 9:29 PM CST
Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, center, votes at Ronald Reagan Lodge Tuesday in West Chester, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

(Newser) – Speaker John Boehner is going to keep his gavel. Republicans are on track to easily retain control of the House, reports Politico. Democrats needed to gain 25 seats to avoid that fate, but they won't even come close. In fact, Republicans might even increase their majority, which stood at 242-193 before today. Some highlights:

  • Democrat Jesse Jackson Jr. won re-election in Chicago, though he's largely been out of action since taking medical leave in June for bipolar disorder.
  • Paul Ryan easily won re-election in Wisconsin, so he'll be in DC come January, after all.
  • Democrat Tammy Duckworth, a vet who lost both her legs in Iraq, beat GOP incumbent and Tea Party favorite Joe Walsh in Illinois.
  • Joaquin Castro won in Texas; his twin brother, Julian, the mayor of San Antonio, delivered the keynote address at the Democrats' convention, and Joaquin introduced his sibling. The 37-year-olds are rising Latino stars in the party.
  • Boehner warned that the GOP majority in the House means "there is no mandate for raising tax rates," reports the Hill.
  • Mia Love in Utah conceded a close race; she nearly became the first black Republican woman to win a House seat.

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Nov 7, 2012 11:50 AM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: We are glad to see the old political feudal influence of Bush's family and Romney's family are ALL over and ended in 2012. Republicans and TEA will have a fresh and new start our NEW middle-class Republican Party & TEA to move forward the 2014 towards to 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY. The new middle-class Republicans & TEA will strive for the California Republican Primary, Texas Republican Primary, and Florida Republican Primary will hold the presidential primary in early 2015 to let California, Texas and Florida these 3 Global Economy states to pick our middle-class Republican 2016 Presidential Nominee. As American people see this 2012 election map, Republican Party MUST put Iowa, New Hampshire, and Virginia Republican Primary at the last and latest 2016. Since 2012 Obama-Biden is became lame-duck in White House now, either facing the 2012-2016 Democratic ruling, we Republican whites and yellows have to work very hard to rebuild the United States WITHOUT leaning on the alternative for Affirmative Action to keep up with the Fortune 100, Fortune 500, Fortune 1000 which are belong to Republican & TEA economic & employment opportunities.
Nov 7, 2012 10:46 AM CST
Romney and the Republicans lost because of the radical views of the "Tea Party" and "Grover Norquist" if they continue to play those radical games they will lose more seats in the mid-term election. Those views of the angry white extreme Christians are the 1950's and are a boat anchor around the neck of the Republican party. It's change or die out completely for the radicals who would push their beliefs on others who don't agree. Boehner may become the next casualty of being on the wrong side of history.
Nov 7, 2012 10:37 AM CST
Watch as Boehner totally ruins the country with gridlock and doing nothing for his pay.