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Decision 2010

Democrats Projected to Keep Control of Senate

If current trends continue, Republicans are positioned to take over control of the U.S. House of Representatives, while Democrats are poised to keep control of the Senate.

CNN projected mid-way through the night Tuesday that Republicans would take over 52 seats in the House.

Tea Party-backed candidates won nationwide in Senate races, including Rand Paul in Kentucky and Marco Rubio in Florida. Republican Dan Coats was expected to beat retiring Democrat Evan Bayh and Ron Johnson edged out Democrat Russ Feingold in Wisconsin.

Despite the gains by Republicans, however, trends showed Republicans didn't have the numbers to take over the Senate. Chris Coons beat Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell and Joe Manchin was projected to win the Senate seat formerly held by the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, who died earlier this year.



Republicans Willing to Work With Obama

Republican congressional leaders say they're willing to work with President Barack Obama - as long as it's on their terms.

House speaker-in-waiting John Boehner said late Tuesday that the midterm elections likely to  flip control of the House to the Republicans delivered a clear message to the Democratic president: Change course.

To the extent that Obama is willing to do so on GOP priorities like slashing spending and shrinking government, they'll work with him.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who will remain in the Senate minority, said Obama's use of his veto pen will tell voters whether they should elect a new president in 2012.

Tuesday's elections appear set to end Nancy Pelosi's four years in the speaker's post that is second-in-line to the presidency.     

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