The national marijuana legalization debate is moving into the backyard of a Republican-controlled Congress, now that the District of Columbia has voted to legalize growing, possessing and sharing small amounts of pot.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will seek to lead the Democrats in the next Congress as they hand over the majority to Republicans.
Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is poised to take over as majority leader of the next Senate after easily winning what was billed as a tough re-election race. Now his GOP will try to set the agenda in the final two years of Democrat Barack Obama’s presidency.
Even before the polls had closed on Election Day, Republicans had shifted their focus to 2016 and the party’s top target: Hillary Rodham Clinton.
House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans are “humbled” by the results of the midterm elections. In a statement, he says it’s “not a time for celebration.”
The Republicans now control both chambers of Congress.
Another Democratic incumbent senator falls.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen defeated Republican challenger Scott Brown on Tuesday, winning a second term and blocking his return to Washington from a second state.
Republicans are halfway there in their fight to win control of the Senate.
More than a third of those who voted for a Republican House candidate were dissatisfied or angry with GOP leaders in Congress; a quarter of Democratic voters upset with President Obama.