Nancy Pelosi's reign as House speaker will soon be over. Republicans will easily take control of the House of Representatives by night's end, say both CNN and NBC. The GOP entered the evening needing to gain 39 seats, and they'll likely end up with about 60, a development that will make John Boehner the next speaker. An emotional Boehner (see here) called the outcome a "repudiation of Washington" and later took a congratulatory phone call from President Obama.
Among the early biggies (AP has a comprehensive list here):
- In Virginia, Republicans defeated incumbent Democrats Tom Perriello (a closely watched race) and Rick Boucher.
- In Florida, they beat Democratic incumbents Alan Grayson (widely expected) and Suzanne Kosmas.
- In Indiana, Democratic incumbent Baron P. Hill went down.
- In one bit of good news for Democrats, John Carney flipped a GOP seat in Delaware.
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