The Republican Party scored a resounding victory in the midterm elections by picking up more than enough seats in the House of Representatives to take control from the Democrats.
Republicans needed to gain 39 seats in order to hold a majority in the chamber, and early projections suggest that conservatives will win at least 60 more House seats than they currently have. A successful day at the polls for Republicans highlighted the widespread frustration among Americans over a stagnant unemployment rate, a troubled economy and too much government spending.
A political season that included the emergence of the anti-establishment Tea Party movement came to an end with what could be the biggest House gain by any major party since 1948. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), who is expected to become House Speaker when the new majority takes over in January, became emotional during a speech on election night.
"With their voices, the American people are demanding a new way forward in Washington," said Boehner, quoted by CNN. "This is not a time for celebration, not when one in 10 of our fellow citizens are out of work, not when we have buried our children under a mountain of debt."
Despite the GOP gaining six Senate seats, the Democrats were able to hold onto the majority in the upper chamber. Notable victories for conservatives included Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) and Tea-Party-backed businessman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).
In an embarrassing loss for the President, Kirk defeated Alexi Giannoulias to win Obama's old Senate seat. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Kirk said that his victory "sends a message" to the current leaders in Washington.