How Will a Midterm Sweep for Democrats Affect Bush's Legacy? While some races have yet to be decided, the Republican Party lost about 30 seats in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, and at least five seats in the Senate. It is hard to read the vote as anything but a corrective message. The question for conservatives and liberal policy makers alike is, what now? Will the president be able to work through differences with the Democrats? And what will the president's legacy be?