Elections Across the Country to Determine Congressional Majority

By: KKTV/Associated Press
By: KKTV/Associated Press

A record 37 governorships and Democratic control of Congress are at stake today as voters go to the polls across the country.

Midterm elections usually mean losses for the party in power. And with voters unhappy about the economy, Republicans appear poised to seize control of the House.

With 435 House seats up for grabs, Republicans need to reach 218 House seats to gain the majority. This would put them at 39 more House seats than they previously had.

There are 37 Senate seats up for re-election. Some analysts are predicting the GOP may fall just short of the 10 seats the need to win Senate control as well.

With control of the House, Republicans are expected to attempt to roll back portions of the new health care reform, write legislation for targeted tax credits for small businesses, trim the federal budget by $150 billion and extend Bush-era tax cuts to include the wealthiest two percent.

Extending the Bush-era tax cuts have been a source of contention in the weeks leading up to the election: Democrats want to extend Bush-era tax cuts for all but those who make more than $250,000 a year, citing data from the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Tax that shows $680 billion added to the national debt over the next decade if the wealthiest two percent are included in the extension.

Some of the Republicans' plans may be thwarted without obtaining control of the Senate as well--they will have to rely on Democrats supporting these measures in order for them to pass.

Republicans are also looking for a net pickup of up to 12 statehouses but Democrats may have their moments.

Democrats have a shot at ousting GOP governors in California, Hawaii, Vermont and Minnesota and holding onto New York, Maryland, Colorado, New Hampshire and Arkansas.

Governorships are especially important this year heading into redrawing congressional districts and the 2012 presidential races.

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