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Decision 2010

Election Update: Republicans Picking Up Seats in Congress

Marco Rubio, a Republican, defeated Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Rep.. Kendrick Meek to win Florida's open Senate seat (Photo: Marco Rubio Campaign) Marco Rubio, a Republican, defeated Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Rep.. Kendrick Meek to win Florida's open Senate seat (Photo: Marco Rubio Campaign)

WASHINGTON - Republicans have captured six Democratic seats as they press to regain control of the House.

Democrats seized a Delaware seat formerly held by Republicans, but nationwide the GOP was leading for two dozen Democratic-held seats.

In conservative southside Virginia, Republican state Sen. Robert Hurt defeated freshman Democrat Rep. Tom Perriello, for whom President Barack Obama campaigned last Friday. In rural Virginia, Morgan Griffith ousted Democrat Rick Boucher, who held the seat since 1982.

In an Orlando, Fla., district, outspoken freshman Rep. Alan Grayson was beaten by Republican Daniel Webster. Republican Sandy Adams defeated Democratic Rep. Suzanne Kosmas in central Florida.

In Indiana, Republican Larry Bucshon has won a seat vacated by Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth, and Marine Corps veteran. Todd Young defeated Democratic Rep. Baron Hill.

Exit Polling Suggest Voters Worried About Economy

Exit polling suggests voters are intensely worried about the future of the economy and  unhappy with the way President Barack Obama and Congress have been running things.     

According to preliminary exit poll results, a strong vein of disappointment ran throughout demographic groups, landing heavily on Democrats.

The survey found that women split their House votes. Men favored Republican candidates.     

The Tea Party made a splash in its first election. About four out of 10 voters endorsed the movement. While a majority of voters said the tea party was not a factor in their House vote.

Six out of 10 independent voters said they disapproved of the job President Barack Obama is doing.

Voters overall didn't hold a favorable view of either the Republican or Democratic parties and overwhelmingly, people surveyed were dissatisfied with the way the federal government is working.

The economy eclipsed all other issues. Almost everyone surveyed -- more than 80 percent -- expressed worry about the direction the economy will take over the next year.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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