(CNN) - It has to be one of the least attractive jobs in the world, given the economy and partisan vitriol, but Rep. John Boehner says he's ready to take the House helm even if he doesn't have all the answers.
Boehner, who with Tuesday's political sea change is poised to replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House speaker in January, will likely face a White House with veto power and a hostile Democratic Senate.
(CNN) - Ralph Reed and his Freedom and Faith Coalition did their best to sway the electorate Tuesday night. Between phone calls, mailings, and knocking on doors, Reed estimated his pro-family, pro-free market group had 58.8 million voter contacts aimed at the conservative faith community.
He described that group as "frequently mass-attending Catholics and evangelicals."
The coalition says it built a list of 7.7 million households before the midterms who fit that mold.
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(CNN) - President Obama and the likely House Speaker may be at odds on many fronts, but the two have at least one thing in common that may help bridge the divide - their taste for Slurpees.
During a mostly somber post-midterm election news conference, President Obama was asked if he planned to have Rep. John Boehner over to the White House for a Slurpee, a reference to his oft-used campaign trail metaphor in which he describes Democrats working to "dig the car out of the ditch" while Republicans sit back "sipping on a Slurpee."
Boehner's camp had a humorous response:
(CNN) - Democrat Jenny Oropeza won re-election as a state senator in California, but the implications of her victory Tuesday won't be known for some time.
Oropeza, 53, died two weeks before the election from a blood clot after battling cancer. But the incumbent remained on the ballot, winning by a decent margin - 58 percent to 36 percent over Republican John Stammreich.
Washington (CNN) - Of the 21 Democratic candidates that President Barack Obama specifically campaigned for or fundraised for this year, eight won their elections, eight lost their contests, and five are in contests still too close to call.
The eight candidates who won their midterm contests: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, Senate nominee Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Senate nominee Chris Coons of Delaware, Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland, Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Rep. Gary Peters of Michigan, and House nominee David Cicilline of Rhode Island.
(CNN) - Hours after the midterm elections, a possible 2012 Republican presidential hopeful announced he's heading to New Hampshire later this week.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania will make his sixth trip this year to the Granite State on Thursday, to headline the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and New England Council's "Politics and Eggs" series, according to Virginia Davis, spokeswoman for Santorum's political action committee, "America's Foundation."
(CNN) - Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet claimed victory in his bid for a full term Wednesday, but his Republican opponent has yet to concede the race.
Washington (CNN) - Out with the old, in with the new. The midterms have come and gone, and now the eyes are on the bigger prize - 2012.
And cue the speculation
Sarah Palin was asked Tuesday night on Fox News Channel about the possibility of a woman president. "Palin sat up tall in her chair, smiled, and licked her lips," the Huffington Post noted.
Caffeine or NyQuil? You decide
FishbowlDC.com surveyed several political reporters on how they planned to get through a grueling election night. Best line: "I plan on sleeping like a NyQuil-drunk baby."