Republicans are poised to go from a 77 seat minority in the U.S. House of Representatives to a 37-seat majority in what is looking like the slowest wave in recorded history. Behold, the Age of Orange.
From the WaPo’s Chris Cillizza:
Republicans are poised to retake control of the House, riding a wave of voter discontent with the direction of the country and the economy as well as unhappiness the White House and congressional Democrats to claim the 39 seats they needed, according to projections by the three cable networks.
NBC, CNN and Fox News Channel all projected the GOP majority shortly after 9 pm eastern time. Republicans have already netted 35 seats just four short of the number they need to formally assume the majority in the 112th Congress.
At an election night rally at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Washington, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele declared “we’re about to do the one thing the American people want done and that is to fire [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi.”
Preliminary exit polling suggested a deeply dissatisfied electorate particularly with the state of the economy. A large majority said the economy was the most important issue facing the country and three times as many said it was getting worse rather than better.
Almost three quarters of voters said they disapproved of the job Congress had done and a majority also disapproved of how President Obama was handling his job.
Republicans have netted four Senate seats — defeating incumbents in Wisconsin and Arkansas and winning Democratic open seats in Indiana and North Dakota.
But, the victory by West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) in the Mountain State’s surprisingly competitive Senate race coupled with state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s (D) win in Connecticut virtually ensures that Republicans will not win the 10 seats they need to win the majority.
Senate races in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Illinois — all Democratic-held seats — are very close as votes pour in.
Oh, and so far, Meghan McCain is batting zero. Both Charlie Crist and Christine O’Donnell lost.