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. Dixon

    Congratulations to all of us. Now is time to work together to rebuild our country. We need to re-establish friendships around the world that have been taken for granted by Bush. As a citizen I know the time for work is not over. We need to stand by all of our leaders. We can not make the same mistakes as the Republican party has this past eight years ignoring the majority of the people.

    November 5, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    I am so glad the politics of hate and fear did not influence us this time around.

    November 5, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. Jeremiah

    It will be PARTY TIME for the next Four Years with the
    Majority Democratic Do-Nothing House.
    Congratulations !!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. independent now

    You all seem to think Obama is going to change the entire world. Hes not a God! Hes an elected offical a politician. Who is going to have to answer to the most powerful person in the government Nancy Pelosi. So what ever HER agenda is is what WE are going to get out of Obama. Your very Niev to think otherwise! Hey I would also like to congratulate all the People in this country who for the FIRST time in their LIVES THEY ARE PROUD>

    November 5, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. Dan Bovan

    First congrats goes to Barack Obama our president in chief,

    what a great and exciting campaign.
    For anyone who is angry or upset about the great achievement that the United States of America has accomplished in this election. Shame on you... are you Insane b/c your bitterness will not be our poison this world is so indifferent and for some of you that are too close minded and deep rooted in your ancient way of thinking it's just sad.

    But hey even Jesus was crucified huh, They didn't like him either.

    P.S African American have dealt with all that you have put before us from slavery to the Gena six The world should be happy for this accomplishment. if not then go suck a lemon bye haters

    November 5, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. Impressed

    I'm just impressed that so many Republicans have computers in their remote loci so as to type their polemic, hate propoganda (despite the incorrect grammar and what not). Seriously, keep it up, guys. First, computers, one day, perhaps, politics and world affairs. The sky's the limit for you.

    November 5, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. George from Ohio

    We now know the true reason for Congress' low ratings. There were too many Republicans in it.

    November 5, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. linda from South Dakota

    re:ree,, well i beg to differ with you,, the bush people have been in office for many years and this is why we are in the shape we are in,, the wars that could have been prevented,,, the economy could have been diferent,,, since bush has been in office,, the gs and food prices have soarred so high many people were haveing to decide if we buy food or pay the bills,, its time for change and obama/biden will do just that,,, its time for the democrats to have their turn and make this counrty what it used to be,,, a better place to live, to be proud,, stand up and smile and say,, IM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |



    November 5, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. Mark

    It is a great day to America to show to the world anyone can reach the American dream – even if you have a middle name of Hussein, even if your forefathers went through slavery – a country that remains as a beacon of light for all of those who land in this shore – No one can bring their past and use that as an excuse for not working hard.

    November 5, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. Larique from CT

    I actually liked Chris Shays...but Jim Himes ran like he was Obama so...

    November 5, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. Kevin

    Democratic President, Republican Senate is the way it oughtta be – Balance of Power.

    November 5, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to Ree:

    Yes, like clean up yet another GOP mess!! If you don't like what you see, pack up your things and leave the country! We'll get on fine without you and the rest of the ravenous, right-wing horde of ignorance!

    November 5, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. meme

    "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"......

    And Ree, do you mean the Dems will do whatever they want the same way George Bush went to war, with no approval from the UN. Do you mean we won't regulate these wall street companies like the Repub's did. You mean we might leave another 5 Trillion dollar surplus and spend it like the Republicans did.

    Oh boy we sure are in trouble.... Grow up people, this country deserves new leadership!

    You sound like and idiot! Congress has an all time low because Republicans have had the house for over 12 years. You're a true Republican because you're a true finger pointer. The Dems had the house for two years, and as usual it takes a long time to clean up a messy house. If you have nothing intelligent to say then shut up. This country is in turmoil and you're don't plan on helping, shut up we just got rid of all those ignorant thoughts when America elected Barack Obama!

    November 5, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  15. James at 45

    Now let the war crimes trials begin! And let's move reparations for slavery to the front burner. We can pay for it with a 70% cut in the Pentagon budget. YES WE CAN!

    November 5, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. Comrade nom deplume

    Now that the U.S. will have one party rule for the foreseeable future, President Obama will be able to raise the United States' standing with other like-minded nations, and forge concensus with their like-minded leaders like Putin, Chavez and Ahmadinejad.

    November 5, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. 3D

    Don't you just love it . . . Don't ya!

    November 5, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |







    November 5, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. Liz

    Talk is cheap. It's easy to make a speech and tell people what they want to here. We'll see what Mr. Obama does with his political capital. Walking the walk is a completely different story.

    November 5, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. maurice

    hmmmmmmmmm and you folks want to put the blame wholey on bush give me a break. bush`s approval rating is higher than these clowns. they cant run a lemon-aid stand much less congress and the senate....we`ll see them to the door in 2 years as most people dont vote unless it`s a presidential election..........

    November 5, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. The Cosmos Rocks


    November 5, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |

    Ohio went democrat last night, thanks Ohio, welcome to a winning team, Colorado went blue too. We did it! We're ready to get to work, and put 8 years of Bush behind us.

    November 5, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. EAB

    It's time for Congressional term limits. These career politicians need to go out and get a real job and earn a real living like the rest of just!

    The Democrats won't change anything. Wake up America!

    November 5, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. Comrade nom deplume

    America has spoken. Time to round up the guns from those bitter, bible-thumpin' rural folks so they can't join some anti-american milita; fire the pharmacists and anyone else that says abortion is a sin; round up and burn those confederate flags; tax the corporations and their shareholders into oblivion and take over the industries; and pay reparations to minorities and forgive the mortgages of the poor people who want to stay in their homes; and tax the crap out of anyone with a six-figure salary.

    November 5, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Chuck, Tennessee

    The Dems regained control of Congress two years ago by promising the American people they would end the Iraq war. What did they do? NOTHING. Now, they get more seats by blaming Bush for 100% of the economic problem they helped create. We are all stupid!

    p.s. The Democrats were pointing the finger at Bush and the Republicans for high gas prices. Well, yesterday I paid $1.99 per gallon. I didn't hear anyone giving Bush any credit for that.

    November 5, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
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