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. Sensible Cape Coral FL

    ANGRY in OHIO:

    I too am concerned about the next four years and about what will happen to this great nation – but only because of unthinking people
    like you.

    November 5, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |

    A suggestion for NANCY PELOSI,

    In oder to show the differences between Democrats and Republicans, PLEASE get Rep. Charles B. Rangel OUT of the WAYS and MEANS Commission, until such time is position of back taxes and strange housing deals are clarified.

    No place for FAT CATS in the New Democratic Party !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. Joel

    Well, get used to it republicans, you guys are so yesterday's news. The "great republican revolution" was a flop and the American people have rejected you. It's over.

    November 5, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  4. Lawyer

    I would like to say as a American Veteran I am very proud today as I was when I enlisted into the United States Army. I have seen this country in the last eight years evaporate before my very eyes and today I can see the light once again as if today that I rised my hand to be sworn in to serve this great country. I have listen to all those that have opposed the elected President of the United States of America President Obama. We needed a great change I feel that America was falling behind in the world. Our jobs are leaving the country every year and nobody seem to care, people are losing the homes and their pensions, our kids are being force to work and go to school to help with house and their tutition. We must be patient with the newly elected President and understand that it took eight years for this Chief and Commander to cause this economic collapse. GOD BLESS AMERICA THE LAND THAT I LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  5. Laura in Virginia

    Firstly... Congratulations President-Elect Obama and Vice-President-Elect Biden. It's great to see that the winners this time have a W I D E margin, so no claims of stolen races can be made.

    Change is Here! But will it be good change? Will the Democrat control of the Presidency, the Senate and the House be a force for moving forward? The Neo-Cons who contolled the Republican Party have left us with Wars, Economic Collapse, and Cronyism. Will this Democratic Majority tackle the Hard questions?? Will there be Leadership to guide us out of these tarpits we have slipped into?

    We have a chance to earn the respect of the World again, to be a driving force towards Eco-friendly energy, towards Peace, towards interdependence . Are you up to it Mr Obama??


    November 5, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  6. IndependentRealist

    Finally! Now the world can take a collective breath of fresh air and move forward.

    November 5, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  7. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Ree November 5th, 2008 7:13 am ET

    Boy, are we in trouble. With the Democorates in control, it will be anything goes. They will do what ever they want.
    Yeah, like undoing all the crap that W put us through!
    My message to W: Don't go away mad – just go away!

    November 5, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  8. Stan

    I just can believe what I have just witnessed. America finally voted for something different. This country have been look upon as a land of deception, bullying and hypocrisy. Last night we have proved that we can make change when it's needed the most. I hope everyone can look deep into their soul to find a common ground to move forward. We have to stop the ignorance and prejudice towards anone that don't mirror our skin color or ideas. Now it's time to clean up this nation and the world not with violence but by educating and good diplomacy

    Believe or Not Greatness always prevail over Evil

    November 5, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. Tara

    you mean 4 years, PI. Bush's second term Nancy was speaker of the house. Actually, Bush's approval ratings were higher with a red congress than with a blue congress...

    November 5, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. Doug R.

    The Republicans are already whining. If you don't like it...leave.
    Call your Senators...Let's have Harry Reid replaced by Hillary Clinton, as Senate Majority Leader. Reid has been a disappointment.
    The burden is now on the shoulders of the Democrats. They have to perform.
    Away with Bush, the very worst President in this country's history.

    November 5, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  11. Fred, Las Vegas, NV

    It is time for the skeptics, unbelievers and "Hope-less" to shut up and come on board if they care. A majority democratic congress and senate would be better for the country in this time of crisis and the need for sweeping changes to restore the country. Republicans were entrusted with that and they failed the country. I hope when this mess gets cleaned up, Americans would think twice before giving the GOP another chance in the future.

    November 5, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  12. Mike Dallas

    To all complaining that America is headed to ruin under an Obama administration.

    What exactly do you think the recent 700 billion dollar bailout submitted by the Shrub a reptile from the Reptilian party, was, a sterling measure of success? Do you believe that Obama can make it worse?

    The only way the economy can go is up and even if it continues to freeall, at least we will have someone in office that can think and surrounds himself with intelligent people, and not just hacks that are loyal to him.

    November 5, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  13. Ms. Jenny

    This article confuses me – you said that the Dems already had a majority going into election day, but then you end by saying they've been in the minority for 12 years? I'm lost...

    November 5, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  14. TyWebb

    Shays' Rebellion!

    November 5, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  15. Mike Smith

    The one thing I DO blame on this Democratic Congress is not starting impeachment proceedings on Bush and Cheney after they were elected. That was the real reason America gave the Democrats a majority in 2004.

    November 5, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  16. ximian

    Ree wrote :

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

    My response: DAH!!! Isn't that what the republicans have done for the last 8 years!!! In trouble... the US is already in deep dodoo....

    November 5, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  17. julie michals rinaldi

    Well, we were mad as hell that Congress couldn't get anything done, and yes, we've elected the same gang plus 30, but immobility is the result of an irresponsible engineer and vice conductor on bad tracks heading the wrong way. When a corporation fails, you do not blaim the workers, do you? You blame leadership for driving the failing company down the drain. Well, buck up, li'l soliders – hope is here and you're going to see movement like the ex-lax express!

    November 5, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  18. Houston's Home

    The Republican Party, "W" and the K-street lobbists ran amuck. Their answer to the question – How can I serve the American People? Their answer. SEX, LIES, and Rock & Roll – STICK IT TO THE PEOPLE. Let's face it – it's not the rabid right or rabid left that controls the country. It's the people in the middle who swing the Pendulum and invariably it will continue to swing. Thats the beauty of democracy, you can fool some of the people some of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time. Take heed Democrats, THE PENDULUM NEVER STOPS.

    November 5, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  19. Cane

    "The Republican Party flushed out all the fakes this cycle and the revolution is coming."

    all the fakes? Stevens and Chambliss are back, and so are dozens of incompetent or corrupt representatives.

    November 5, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  20. Denny

    Obama brings change, he says. I have a feeling that's all we're going to have left, about 50 cents.

    At least with him there will be change. With McCain, I doubt I would have had as much as a nickel in my pocket in 2012.

    November 5, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  21. billtouch

    Dear Angry in Ohio & Ree:

    It can't be worse than anything that happened in these 8 yrs: Lied to about a war against a people who weren't even our enemies costing us thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars; deregulated the financial institutions so much that it nearly brought down the world's economy; Gave nobid contracts to their friends making them very rich and giving them $700 Billion of our and our children's money to make sure they have enough to spend; refusing to appropriate any money to paying it all back; gave the oil companies their best profits in the history of the earth at our expense.

    Yeah, those were happy times!

    November 5, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  22. Jimbob

    Neither Obama or McCain excited me at all. With mild reservation I voted for McCain because I believed he had the best experience for the job.

    People get all excited about the "spend happy" republicans getting us into deep debt. One thing they fail to think about is that the democrats are masters at how to get all that pork barrel money. Just add whatever they want into any spending bill that is dearly coveted by Bush. Bush quickly learned how to play the funding game with the democrats...sign any funding or spending bill that comes across his desk, as long as it has the money he wants for whatever, ignore what else is in it. Bush and the democrats were co-dependant and enablers.

    Obama and his democratic leaders will have no one else to blame but themselves. No republican president signing away anything and everything. They will be fully responsible for all spending.

    People use the Clinton years as an example of spending and fiscal responsibility. Remember in 1990-91 the U.S. went through major downsizing in the military sector, closing of bases, downsizing of personnel etc. This created a huge disturbance to our economy which help daddy Bush's defeat (well, so did Ross Perot taking 16% of the vote). Eventually those savings started to flush through the country and provided additional sources of money stablize the federal budget, we also had a huge run-up of revenue thanks to the tech bubble in the mid to late 90's which brought in huge amounts of tax revenue to both the federal government and the states. The tech bubble burst is 2000. Nothing miraculous was done by Clinton, he was just in there at a very good time (except for Monica period).

    We are in for a very rough haul. At least we will all have health care....I sure hope it includes mental health care. We are gonna need it as come next summer when reality sets in.

    November 5, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  23. Art-Chicago

    I am a former lifelong Republican – even volunteered for McCain in the 2000 primary when Bush's thugs buried him in rumors and mud. I did not leave the Republican party – the Neo-Con ruled party left me. I'm an executive who will be facing a tax increase if Obama's tax plan is implmented. I'm okay with that – we must do something to reduce the staggering debt the conservatives have run up. In reading the comments from conservative die-hards who bemoan Obama because of his intent to offer tax breaks to those with incomes below $250,000 I have to grin – sadly. Very, very, very few of these people have any chance of ever seeing a $250,000 annual income...mainly because of conservative "trickle-down" policies that concentrate all of the wealth in the U.S. with 1% of the population. I hope these folks wake up and get that.

    November 5, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  24. He speaks the truth

    I cant argue with Ali, He speaks the plain truth. Everyone knows that the president can only pull troops back and veto. Other than that he's just a figurehead to put on a show for others.

    Debt really is a major problem with this country. People like to pretend that something else is to blame. If we would just look at ourseleves truthfully. We are to blame for our own problems. If we planned well and spent within our means like Ali said. The problems everyone in debt has would not be our problems.

    November 5, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |





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