White voters of all ages were less likely to back Democrats this year than in elections past, helping Republicans nationwide but most acutely in the South — and overpowering Democratic efforts to turn out their core supporters among blacks and Hispanics.
Republicans' resounding victory gives them an opportunity to push legislation that's been bottled up in the Democratic Senate, from targeting elements of President Barack Obama's health care law to constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to rolling back environmental regulations.
Michigan's newly elected Democratic senator, Gary Peters, pledged Wednesday to work with majority Republicans when he joins the Senate, saying he wants to follow the lead of his predecessor who is retiring after 36 years of service.
One day after sweeping Republican election gains, President Barack Obama and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to try to turn divided government into a force for good rather than gridlock on Wednesday, yet warned of veto showdowns as well.
When voters in the Grand Haven school district went to the polls, they had to decide between five write-in candidates vying for one two-year seat. As of midnight, newcomer Nichol Stack was out in front with 509 votes.