From the Associated Press…
Democrats won control of the House early Wednesday after a dozen years of Republican rule in a resounding repudiation of a war, a president and a scandal-scarred Congress.
“From sea to shining sea, the American people voted for change,” declared Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the hard-charging California Democrat in line to become the nation’s first female House speaker.
“Today we have made history,” she said, “now let us make progress.”
The White House made plans for President Bush to call Pelosi first thing in the morning; he will enter his final two years in office with at least half of Congress in the opposition party’s hands.
“It’s been kind of tough out there,” conceded House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., who won a 11th term.
By early Wednesday, Democrats had won 221 seats, enough to control the House, and were leading for another 13, which would give them 234. Republicans, who hold 229 seats in the current House, won 181 and were leading in another 20, which would give them 201.
Democrats had won 25 Republican-controlled seats, and no Democratic incumbent had lost by early Wednesday. Races were too close to call in more than a dozen seats, making it impossible to know how large the Democratic margin would be…
…For the first time in a dozen years, Democrats hold a majority of the nation’s governorships after taking 20 of 36 races across all regions, including victories in states — such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Colorado — that will be crucial to the 2008 presidential race.
In the Senate, two races are still close to call, with Democrat Jim Webb currently leading incumbent George Allen by the smallest of margins. In Montana, the same drama is playing out between Democratic challenger Jon Tester and incumbent Republican Senator Conrad Burns. The Democrat leads that race, too.
If the Republicans and Democrats split those races, the Senate will be deadlocked. If the Democrats win both (and they’re currently ahead), Democrats take control.
More late. I’m off to have some fun!