Democrats have enjoyed further successes on Capitol Hill, with gains in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. They are now well positioned to act quickly on Obama’s legislative agenda.
In the Senate they gained at least five seats but, ahead of the final results, they were projected not to get the 60 needed to clear Republican procedural hurdles.
However, Democrats hope to be able to win over a few moderate Republicans to pass major votes, including those on the economic crisis and troop withdrawal from Iraq.
It is a similar story in the House of Representatives. Here, the Democrats were on course to get well beyond the 250 mark. It is the first time since 1992 that Democrats have won both chambers of Congress as well as the White House on the same election day.
Obama’s Congressional colleagues were also speaking of change.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: “Tonight the American people have called for a new direction, they have called for a change for America”
After such a comprehensive defeat Republicans too are talking of change. Analysts are predicting an overhaul in the party’s leadership on Capitol Hill. A number of senior figures have already indicated they will stand down.