Election Day 2012 saw historic winners and gracious losers—and some contests that were just too close to call. It was a great day for women. In 2013, there will be 20 women in the Senate.
All 435 seats in the House of Representatives were up for a vote. Members serve two-year terms. After the 2010 Census, redistricting changed some boundaries. That caused some seats to be highly fought over.
Republicans currently control the House, with 240 seats (see "Still Divided"). In 2013, they will hold on to their majority. John Boehner will continue to serve in the powerful position of Speaker of the House. In a written statement, he said voters want "both parties to take steps together to help our economy grow and create jobs."
In the Senate, 33 out of 100 seats were in play. Senators serve for six years. In Maine, independent candidate Angus King Jr. defeated his rivals. Democrats scored big wins in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Ohio. "Despite the odds, you elected the first woman Senator to the state of Massachusetts," Elizabeth Warren told supporters.
Voters chose governors in 11 of the 50 states. Republicans held 29 governorships. They gained one. In North Carolina, Republican Pat McCrory surged to victory over Democrat Walter Dalton.
Some results were still not clear as of November 8. Stay tuned.
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