Republicans Retake House Of Representatives
The defeat of several Virginia Democrats helped Republicans take control of the U-S House of Representatives. Manuel Quinones reports on the midterm shakeup from Capitol Hill.
One after another, Democrats from the Commonwealth went down. From 14-term Southwest Virginia Congressman Rick Boucher to fellow Virginia freshmen Tom Perriello and Glenn Nye.
The Democrats’ misfortune at the polls means one Richmond area lawmaker will likely rise in power. As a member of the GOP House leadership team, Republican Eric Cantor is poised to become Majority Leader when the new Congress convenes next year.
The powerful post will enable him to help set the Party’s legislative agenda. Despite sweeping midterm gains, however, Republicans can’t necessarily claim a mandate. Nathan Gonzales is an analyst with the Rothenberg Political Report.
Gonzales: Voters are dissatisfied with the direction the country is headed and they are taking it out on the party in power. This election is not about a deep love for Republicans or a deep love for the tea party.
Democratic Party leaders had been thrilled to see Virginia turning blue, only to lose several of their recent gains.
From Capitol News Connection, Manuel Quinones, WCVE News, Washington