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Republicans score first in US congressional vote

 Greg McFarland leaves his polling station at dawn Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Tempe, Ariz. after casting his ballot. (AP Photo/Matt York)
 Crystal Haglund, of Boone, Iowa, studies her ballot while voting at the Leonard Good Library, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Ogden, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charli...
 Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul leans to kiss his wife Kelley after they voted in Bowling Green, Ky., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.  (AP Phot...
 Voters line up to vote before sunrise on election day Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Apache Junction, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
 Sharon Carmichael votes in Nimishillen Twp., precinct 3, at the Nimishillen Grange Hall with her 6-month-old daughter Brylee Carmichael on Tuesday, N...
 Delaware Republican U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell waves from inside a vehicle after voting, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Wilmington, Del. O'...
 South Dakota Republican Congressional candidate Kristi Noem hugs Judy Gulbraa after voting Tuesday Nov. 2, 2010 in Hazel, S.D. Noem is running agains...
 Voters fill out ballot forms at the Malden Bridge Community Center in Malden Bridge, N.Y., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
 Members of the mariachi  band "Los Munecos," and Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) volunteers, march while serenading Nor...
 California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina casts her ballot with her husband Frank Fiorina, at a polling place in Los Altos Hills, Calif., Tuesday, No...
 Rebelann Barfield, left, and her sister November, sit as their mother Khara casts her vote in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Star, ...

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Greg McFarland leaves his polling station at dawn Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Tempe, Ariz. after casting his ballot. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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Crystal Haglund, of Boone, Iowa, studies her ballot while voting at the Leonard Good Library, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Ogden, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charli...

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Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul leans to kiss his wife Kelley after they voted in Bowling Green, Ky., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Phot...

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Voters line up to vote before sunrise on election day Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Apache Junction, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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Sharon Carmichael votes in Nimishillen Twp., precinct 3, at the Nimishillen Grange Hall with her 6-month-old daughter Brylee Carmichael on Tuesday, N...

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Delaware Republican U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell waves from inside a vehicle after voting, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Wilmington, Del. O'...

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South Dakota Republican Congressional candidate Kristi Noem hugs Judy Gulbraa after voting Tuesday Nov. 2, 2010 in Hazel, S.D. Noem is running agains...

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Voters fill out ballot forms at the Malden Bridge Community Center in Malden Bridge, N.Y., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

APTOPIX America Votes

Members of the mariachi band "Los Munecos," and Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) volunteers, march while serenading Nor...

California Senate

California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina casts her ballot with her husband Frank Fiorina, at a polling place in Los Altos Hills, Calif., Tuesday, No...

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Rebelann Barfield, left, and her sister November, sit as their mother Khara casts her vote in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 in Star, ...

Opposition Republicans scored the first gains in early election results Tuesday as they looked to end Democratic control of Congress and deliver a stinging blow to Barack Obama's presidency.
Republican Dan Coats, a former ambassador to Germany, won an Indiana seat now in Democratic hands. Also, a Senate candidate backed by the ultraconservative tea party movement, Rand Paul, won in Kentucky. The Democrats once hoped to have a shot at that seat, arguing that Paul was too far out of the political mainstream.
The victories were part of big Republican gains expected in the Senate. It is not clear, however, whether they could pick up the 10 seats needed to win control of the chamber. Their prospects were much greater in the 435-seat House of Representatives, where they needed a 40-seat gain.
Early results showed Republicans leading in the race for two House seats held by Democrats.
A Republican victory in either chamber would usher in a new era of divided government, complicate Obama's ability to enact his proposals during the next two years and possibly force him to fight off attacks on health care legislation and other bills already signed into law.


Updated : 2021-04-17 20:52 GMT+08:00