Republicans strained to capture control of the Senate while Democrats struggled to limit their congressional losses on a final day of campaigning for elections that could change the balance of power midway through an unpopular President Barack Obama’s second term.
Electability and pragmatism won. Ideology and purity lost. In Democratic-leaning New Jersey, voters gave Republican Chris Christie a second term and rewarded him for his bipartisan, get-it-done, inclusive pitch. In swing state Virginia, voters narrowly rejected Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s uncompromising, conservative approach.
By Juan Mercado
“Count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else,” Winston Churchill once joked. They did the right thing is what our e-mail traffic indicates after Barrack Obama trounced Mitt Romney with 303 electoral college votes to win re-election.
US President Barack Obama headed back to Washington on Wednesday emboldened by his re-election but facing the daunting task of breaking down partisan gridlock in a bitterly divided Congress.
Supporters of gay rights saw real progress on the horizon Wednesday after the re-election of “ally-in-chief” Barack Obama and important gains for same-sex marriage in four states.