Democrats Win the House, Gain in the Senate

The Democratic party only needed 15 new seats to win back the majority in the House for the first time in 12 years. So far, they have netted 28. In the Senate, Democrats took seats away from Republicans in Ohio, Rhode Island, Missouri and Pennsylvania.

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Through much of the night it looked as if Republicans might hang onto the Senate. The Democrats had picked up three seats. In Ohio, Sherrod Brown defeated incumbent Mike DeWine. Rick Santorum, the Republican incumbent in Pennsylvania, lost to Bob Casey, Jr. And Sheldon Whitehouse beat another incumbent, Lincoln Chafee, in Rhode Island.

Senator LINCOLN CHAFEE (Republican, Rhode Island): Do I have any regrets about tonight's outcome? Only one, and that is that at least in the short term I won't be part of a shrinking group who can talk to each other and who take the responsibility to govern more seriously than their personal ambitions.

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MONTAGNE: Rhode Island's Lincoln Chafee. But then things stalled as the Virginia and Montana races hung in the balance.

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