Articles Tagués ‘midterm election results’

WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) – President Barack Obama is holding an afternoon news conference Wednesday to share his take on the midterm election results.

The president will speak from the East Room about 2:50 p.m. on the election, which delivered a harsh verdict for the Democrats.

The president’s party lost control of the Senate, lost more turf in the GOP-controlled House and put a series of Democratic-leaning states under control of new Republican governors.

Republican Mitch McConnell led the way to a new Senate majority, dispatching Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky.

GOP candidates also picked up seats in Iowa, West Virginia, South Dakota and Montana — all seats formerly held by Democrats.

A record 20 million voters turned out for the midterm elections, giving the GOP the biggest House majority since Harry Truman was president 60 years ago.