[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/11/04/house.races.results/art.chris.shays.gi.jpg 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.
O Happy DAY!
it WILL be anything goes. Anything that WORKS.... as opposed to the prior six years of rebulican control which obviously HAS NOT WORKED.
Why is the "general population" is stupid when they vote democrat?
Approval ratings are at an all time low because of all the do-nothing republicans that are being ousted as I type this.
What about the last two elections for bush? those were two majorly stupid moves but I doubt you objected then. You're just looking to start an argument because you're angry "your team" lost. There are many like you who are going to have to get over it because this great country truly wants to move forward and fix all the mistakes of the past eight years.
I for one am glad to see our great American nation full of Patriots who are getting smarter every year, and putting that intelligence into their votes.
Thank you America and thank you mr. President Obama!
I followed the presidential race while it was deep night here in Italy and even if now i am at work with self-closing eyes i am so happy and excited about this extraordinary victory.
Would like to stay among US people yesterday..
Ciao Nuova America!
How about we get rid of Lieberman also?
It's PARTY TIME in America, Lets all buy some stuff!
This is going to be interesting. Who are you Democrats going to rip on now that they have the whole enchilada? You're going to find that it's far easier to grumble in the back seat than it is to drive the car.
President Elect Obama is NOT God and certainly NOT the Messiah. Yes, the Republicans did mess up big time. But, it is because this country has left serving and trusting in the Lord that we are in this mess. Say hello to a Socialist America. No matter who the President is, God have mercy on us all.
RE: Unbelievable November 5th, 2008 7:27 am ET
"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."
Its sad that you look at it this way, but others perceive that if its at a all time low its now time for the Democrats to take the reign and bring the approval rating back up, the ignorance is not in the Democrats, but in politics itself in my opinion, but change can always go more then one way, the change can be better or worse, all America is asking for (and the world for that matter) is change for better or for worse because the Republicans methods have not met the publics expectations
I say good luck to President Elect Obama, and may he bring the change in the direction we seek.
ALL I CAN SAY IS HE DID THE TALK NOW ITS TIME TO DO THE WALK. HE HAS TO PROVE TO THE COUNTRY HE CAN BRING REAL CHANGES AND UNITE IT. SO FAR ALL HIS YOUNG NAIVE SUPPORTERS HAVE BEEN NOTHING BUT HATE. OBAMA HAS TO WORK WITH REPUBLICANS TOO. YOU ALL PUT BUSH DOWN BUT HE HAS SAVED OUR COUNTRY FROM MORE TERROIST ATTACKS SINCE 911. LIKE OBAMA SAYS . HE NEEDS ALL OUR HELP ,ONE MAN CANT DO IT BY HIMSELF. SO GIVE BUSH SOME CREDIT , BECAUSE DEMOCRACTS HELPED PUT THIS COUNTRY IN ECONOMY PROBLEMS TOO.SO IF YOU HATERS WANT TO KEEP HATING ,OBAMA'S PRESIDENTAL CAREER WILL MEAN NOTHING.YOU YOUNG FIRST TIMERS HAVE NO RESPECT AND KNOW NOTHING ABOUT OUR COUNTRY OR HOW MUCH WORK IT IS TO LEAD.MCCAIN WENT OUT LIKE THE MAN HE IS AND GAVE OBAMA HIS CONGRATULATIONS . MCCAIN AND PALIN GOT NO RESPECT FROM YOU YOUNG HATERS. IF THIS IS WHAT THE COUNTRY IS GOING TO BE NOW ONCE YOU GOT YOUR PRESIDENT ,THAN THERE WILL BE PROBLEMS AND NO UNITY.NOW ITS TIME TO COME TOGETHER ,BUT I KNOW ITS HARD FOR YOU YOUNG MORONS.
Obama has been given a gift that not many presidents have been given. Democrats now have a unified leadership among the major branches of our government. This is something that has not happened in many years. Obama has a big job ahead of him but has been given the tools to do it. I want to see some movement, I want to see change actually happen. With this set up I expect great things out of this leadership. The American people have spoken with a clear voice now we want to see what Washington can do!
Well Done President Elect Obama! Well Done American! Republicans don't be such a sore loser. Get your acts together, LEARN the American people properly and not ONLY Joe the plumber. Maybe next time you'll have the victory. Because, I am convinced that the next president will have a totally NEW America to govern so both the Republican and Democratic party will need to be different come 2012. His win is a symbol of how well he 'read the pulse' of the people home and abroad and responded with different and pragmatic solutions. I think Obama will revolutionize the meaning of government in America and allies to the world. I think with him America will see the ultimate meaning of 'shaking things up' in a positive way. You heard it here first.
Chris Shays would be an excellent cabinet member in the Obama White House.
"10 % approval rating in Congress..." – It's difficult to have a high approval rating when any progressive legislation gets stalled or killed by a divided Congress and an ignorant President. This will be the chance for the Democrats in Congress to prove their worth – a majority in both houses and a progressive in the White House should create a new window of opportunity.
Really...the only thing the Republicans FLUSHED this election is their hopes of bullying their way back into the WH. They ran a campaign pretty much like Clinton's....no direction...no ideas and no hope 🙂
I hope Pelosi losses.
I like to say thank you the Democratic party on their winning victories last night... This will go down in history, where the 44th President was a black man... Obama has opened the gateway for many African Americans and other minorities throughout the country... I am proud that CHANGE has come over the land of America... A haters job is to hate so do what you do and keep it moving... Let's Make Change Happen in this GREAT LAND once again...
Democrats are well known for cutting the military back. This weakens the country not strengthen it. Many jobs will be lost for the faulty thought of saving on the budget. Credit is the real problem with this country. If everyone lived WITHIN their means then everyone would be better off. Getting into debt then squelching on that debt is the reason things are bad off. Companies are laying off because they are in heavy debt, instead of producing only what is needed they overproduce and cut their own necks. As a result our jobs in the process. The president can never change or affect this. The president is an almost powerless trophy title. We have to change our own selfish desires. Live within our means, will mean never going into debt. Yes, you wont have everything everyone else has, but that doesnt mean your life is worth any less. It just means you'll have to wait for what you want instead of getting that selfish instant gratification from credit.
Angry in Ohio, thanks for coming out from under your rock to make such a weak statement with zero justification. Since you haven't been paying attention let me tell you people haven't been dancing in the street the last 8 years. Our current president is the worst in US history and we've been slapped in the face with a horrible economic crisis. I personally have traveled to several foreign countries in the last few years and seen first hand how ridiculous the world view of the US has become. Last night demonstrated that America has had enough and its time to give the keys to someone wanting to go in a different direction. Anyway, thankfully you are a minority in your own state. Thanks Ohio for going BLUE!
Well the GOP has some thinking to do
obama i did not vote for you, but i hope you can cross party lines and that you do what is best for this country, i still fear something in the weeds is waiting.
Mandate on Democrats i will say you have the house, you have the Senate, and now the presidency, you had better hold true on your promises because now you have no excuses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is really sad when you get people like angry in Ohio say this country
and they hate to think of the next 4 years.
Now you know what people who did not like the present administration. felt.
If you are so good at predicting the future maybe you can see yourself driving north and across the border . The problems of this country are so large that it is going to take all of us to correct. AND it will not be easy ,and not be painless. We owe one heck of a lot of money that someone has to pay. Question is .... Who is the someone.?
thank god this is over ,we can all rest now and also do you think President Obama will choose H Clinton as supreme court judge
There are 3 big ways that a bill can be stopped: 1) Not enough votes in the House and/or Senate. 2) Filibuster. 3) Presidential Veto.
In the event of a tie vote in either house, the Vice President casts the deciding vote.
In order to end a filibuster, a three-fifths majority vote is required.
In order to overturn a presidential veto, a two-thirds majority vote is required in both houses.
Yes, the Democratic Congress had a slight majority before today, but has not had enough of a majority to get their way.
the dems have about a 2 year window of change, if they can't keep their end of the bargin, some changes will come again in the mid-term elections
This is wonderful!!! May the GOP wise up and dump the far right-wing nut-case fringe that cost them this election. I am so proud to be a Real American!! We love Barry!!!!