(CNN) - During his victory speech tonight, newly re-elected South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint declared, "I can almost feel the ground shaking here because there's an earthquake election going on all over this country."
DeMint, an conservative Republican who has supported Tea Party candidates across the country, told supporters, "The biggest tea party to date is today."
"One of the greatest things in the last few years," a jubilant DeMint told supporters in Greenville, "is to see the power slip out of the hands of the Washington establishment into the hands of rank-and-file Americans who didn't think they had any power - but they are scaring the politicians to death."
He also predicted the best is yet to come: "Going into 2012, we can make what happened tonight look small."
As for what's ahead before then, DeMint said, "They tell me they want people who can work together in Washington. I tell you this: I'm ready. I'm ready. Anyone whose guide is the constitution and whose goal is limited government, I'm ready to work with them today. But I'm not going to compromise with anyone who doesn't believe in that."