Democrats take control of the House early Wednesday after a dozen years of Republican rule scarred by the Iraq war, unpopular president and scandals in Congress.
“From sea to shining sea, the American people voted for change,” declared Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat poised to become the nation’s first female House speaker. “Today we have made history,” she said, “now let us make progress.”
By 4 a.m. Wednesday, Democrats won 228 seats, which would give them the majority votes and and were leading for another 4, which would total 232 seats. Republicans, who hold 229 seats in the current House, won only 191 and were leading in another 12, which would total 203.
2006 Elections is like a reversal of fate when in 1994 the GOP won 54 seats that brought down the Democrats after four decades. No Republican incumbent lost that year.
This time, Republicans lose to Democrats in almost every region of the country â€” conservative, liberal and moderate â€” as well as in almost all districts â€” urban, rural and suburban.
Three GOP congressmen lost in Indiana, three more in Pennsylvania, two in New Hampshire, one in North Carolina, one in Kansas, one in California and more elsewhere. Democrats won open seats, which were held by Republicans, in New York, Ohio, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin, Iowa and Texas.
The scandals that rocked the Republicans seemed to hurt GOP incumbents more than Bush’s unpopularity and the nearly four-year-old war in Iraq.
Scandals, the war and overall anger toward Bush appeared to drive voters to the Democrats, according to surveys by The Associated Press.