October 1, 2014
Democrats have completed an improbable double-barreled election sweep of Congress by taking control of the Senate with a victory in Virginia to go along with a new majority in the House.
That means Nevada Democrat Harry Reid is in line for a promotion, from Senate minority leader to majority leader.
Reid declared that as a result, "The days of the do-nothing Congress ar over."
He said that in Iraq as well as here at home, Americans have made it clear they are tired of the failures of the last six years.
Jim Webb's victory over Senator George Allen in Virginia assured Democrats of 51 seats when the Senate convenes in January. That marks a gain of six in midterm elections in which the war in Iraq and President Bush were major issues.
Earlier, State Senator Jon Tester triumphed over longtime Republican Senator Conrad Burns in a long, late count in Montana.
With a handful of House races still too close to call, Democrats have gained 28 seats, enough to regain the majority after 12 years of Republican rule. That pust California congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
in line to become the first female speaker in history.
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