|GOP minority speaker John Boehner: Getty|
A resurgent Republican Party captured control of the House on Tuesday as voters swept aside dozens of Democrats to shift the balance of power dramatically in Washington.
The election will likely elevate 10-term Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) to Speaker and brings a sobering end to the brief but historic tenure of Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who in 2007, became the first woman to wield the Speaker’s gavel.
Old bulls, no votes on healthcare, pledges not to vote for Pelosi for speaker -- those promises by incumbents didn’t matter in several races as one by one Democrats across the nation fell.
Republicans immediately declared the results a rejection of President Obama’s agenda and two years of one-party Democratic rule in Washington.
Addressing supporters on Capitol Hill, Boehner claimed a mandate to rein in federal spending and reduce the size and influence of government.
“Across the country right now we’re witnessing a repudiation of Washington, a repudiation of big government, and a repudiation of politicians who refuse to listen to the American people,” Boehner said Tuesday night.
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