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Post-Election Political Fallout

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

The political picture is off-kilter after Tuesday’s elections. People all over Colorado are talking about the big congressional shake up.

The Democrats took a major blow, losing control of the House. However, that party is still holding onto the Senate.

In Colorado, it is no longer a matter of blue or red as many say the state is a combination of the two parties. "It doesn't matter what party you are, we're all in one big boat here," said Colorado Springs resident Cynthia Pulham.

The Governor and Senate seats stayed to the left, but several Congressional offices went to the right.

"The picture is a bit mixed, it's not clear that it's still a blue state," said Josh Dunn, a Political Science Professor at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He said had there not been so many GOP gaffs this year the Democrats would have been wiped off the board.

"Well that's our system of checks and balances, I believe," said Colorado Springs resident Cindy Lange.

"If the Democratic message had resonated with our community and our country there would have been no Republican take-over," said Colorado Springs resident Delia Armstrong Busby.

"Regardless of who gets in office, and who gets elected and what party it is, those guys and women have got to start to learn to work together," Pulham said.

That's exactly what President Obama and top GOP leaders said they want to see. "Without any Republican support, it's going to be difficult to get things done," President Obama said.

The President is taking responsibility for the Democratic loses and Republican gains.

“There's no doubt that this was a referendum on his past two years," Professor Dunn said.

Despite announcements of cooperation from both parties, the Republicans said they'll challenge the Obama administration on major issues like spending and taxes.

For a full list of local race results, just click on the link provided below this story.


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