November 5th, 2008
06:10 AM ET
14 years ago

Dems appear to pad House majority

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Rep. Chris Shays, R-Connecticut, failed to win his 11th full term."]
(CNN) - Democrats appeared to have padded their 36-seat majority in the U.S. House, defeating a few established Republicans and winning some open contests as they tried to capitalize on an unpopular GOP president.

Democrats clinched a majority and took at least 21 seats from Republicans, with the GOP taking only four from the Democrats, according to CNN projections as of 4 a.m. ET Wednesday.

With winners yet to be called for 12 of the House's 435 seats, Democrats were projected to win 251 seats, with Republicans having 172.

Heading into Election Day, the Democrats had a 235-199 majority. The Democrats' apparent gains Tuesday come two years after they took control of the House - with a gain of 30 seats - after 12 years in the minority.

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  1. Dave from Menifee

    Now it's time to put up or shut up! This is a mandate for change in this country and Dem better get the job done or the election they will be out too.

    November 5, 2008 06:40 am at 6:40 am |

    To all the folks that voted for Bush, look on the bright side, Obama was elected and not appointed by the Supreme Court.

    November 5, 2008 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  3. big daddy


    November 5, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  4. Ree

    Boy, are we in trouble. With the Democorates in control, it will be anything goes. They will do what ever they want.

    November 5, 2008 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  5. S Callahan

    Congratulations President Obama!

    For all those elected, we have made our concerns known, now it is your responsiblity to move these ideas forward.

    November 5, 2008 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  6. Unbelievable

    Amazing at how stupid the general public is – Congress' approval rating is at an all time low and the ignorant public elects more of the ignorant Democrats – the stupidity is astounding.

    November 5, 2008 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  7. Don Shimoda

    Today is truly a great day for America. Thank you from Canada for finally coming to your senses.
    Ontario, Canada

    November 5, 2008 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  8. Matt

    The reality is that the GOP has only itself to blame. For those who lament a Democratic White House and Democratic Houses of Congress, remember that the Republicans enjoyed six years of majority in all three, and even by their own admission they used the opportunity to ruin our Country. John McCain said of the years of Republican majority "We came here to change Washington, and Washington changed us". He's right. And that's why we are where we are today, and that's why Obama is our new President.

    November 5, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  9. jill butler

    Goodbye to fear induced leadership...I am breathing deeply the hope and newly stated responsibility as citizens to act, not to merely sit back and expect to be "saved". Thank you President-elect Mr. Obama.

    November 5, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  10. Mike from Florida

    You Republicans are hilarious. If you think the country is in good shape now you truly are sad.

    Congrats President Obama and thank you so many Americans for fnally seeing the light.

    November 5, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  11. Debbie in Missouri

    Thank You America !!!

    What a wonderful day !

    November 5, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  12. scott l

    Congrates soon the speaches a will be over and the now governing will begain

    November 5, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  13. Angry in Ohio

    This is only the beginning of a sad time for the United States, I hate to think of the next 4 years and what is going to happen to this great Nation.

    November 5, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  14. PI

    I must say, Americans have finally grown up. After 8 years control by the retarded Republican cowboy, we are now witnessing a great historic moment. Congratulations and Good luck to the Democrats and Obama!

    November 5, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  15. Remy

    Obama effect, we feel everywhere!
    New horizon!

    November 5, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  16. roland

    Now proudly i can forgive the ignorant electorates of America for their mistakes in 2000 and 2004 for electing "W"

    Today you have a better understanding of what ur right is.

    You have earned the respect of the world once again

    November 5, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  17. Jarred from Virginia

    I am glad that you won President Obama, but u hope you keep your word on how you are going to change the U.S.


    November 5, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  18. Really

    Lets see. Congress' approval rating is around 10%, yet we elect so many of those people back in. The country is deeply divided on so many issues. I agree with Barrack... Change is coming. Just not the change that he expects. The Republican Party flushed out all the fakes this cycle and the revolution is coming.

    November 5, 2008 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  19. Ted

    Looks like Robin Hayes (R) NC was booted out also. I was hoping Myrick (R) would have been voted out but looks like she kept her job.

    And 2 unbelievable above, the unpopular ones were voted out. That's why they get just 2 year terms. Pelosi is the one that needs to be removed, poor leadership being the reason.

    November 5, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  20. Travis

    Fantastic! Now we can actually get something done.

    November 5, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  21. TJD1

    This is the payback the Repubs get for spending running wild, Tom Delay off leash, and ignoring the public. We got what we deserved.

    The new master is Nancy Pelosi. She ran against Bush for 4 years, and he foolishly ignored her. Now she must govern. Remember her purposely blowing up the bank bailout package in Sept. to get a few more seats in her majority? Blamed the repubs. for the bank mess when Dodd, Shumer and Frank wrote many of the dereg laws. Pelosi, not Obama, is the power in government. Good luck, America.

    November 5, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  22. Mike Smith

    @unbelievable – The Democratic Congress had a very slight majority, not enough to force anything they want through. Republicans were the ones blocking all the bills, because they have 1) the Vice President voting as a tie breaker 2) The use of fillibuster, which there is not enough of a majority to stop and 3) The presidential veto (one of the presidents powers) and they don't have a 66% majority to overturn that.
    Blame the 'Do Nothing' Congress on the Republicans as much as on the Democrats.

    November 5, 2008 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  23. mitch

    hey unbelieveable! you can always leave, and good riddance!

    November 5, 2008 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  24. Monica

    Thanks America. I am really proud of you today . We have witnessed history.

    November 5, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  25. Tyrel

    It now the black man's time to shine. Black power forever!!!!
    It's our country now!

    November 5, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
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