As television broadcasters stay up into the night reporting US election results, President Obama sleeps as his aids collect data to share with him in the morning hours how his Democratic Party faired in the mid-term elections. At the time of this report complete voting results were not in, but it was evident that the American people wanted a change and the President will awake to a much different US Government than he had when he went to sleep.
While long time Democratic seats may have held on, such as those held by Senators Reid and Boxer, never have they had such a close contest as incumbents while one of their own party was in the President’s Office. Elsewhere changes were many. The Republicans are projected to win about 65 seats in the House and therefore majority control. Nancy Pelosi will no longer serve as majority leader and Speaker of the House, instead John Boehner, once minority leader will take over the third in line position to the Executive Office.
The Republicans won the majority of State Governorships that were up for grabs. Also a gain for the Republican Party was the former Senate seat once occupied by now President Obama in the State of Illinois. Overall the Republicans took control of the House and narrowed the gap in the Senate, though the Democrats kept control.
Americans have been less and less confident in the Obama Administration that had promised change in the economic condition of the country. While strong supporters believe the opposition to be impatient when it comes to fixing the economy, opponents cry that the government is spending too much and becoming too big and they want the country to go into a different direction than where it is heading. The present Government now has a stronghold on large automobile companies and banks due to massive bailouts, and is seeking a health reform that sees less commercialization and more government control.
Election results are clearly defining that at this point a second term for President Obama will be a hard fight should things continue on the same path as the government is currently on. Official election results will not be in for days in many races as military ballots are counted and recounts are called for by losing campaigners. However, preliminary results show the high jobless rate, the failing US housing market, bailouts, and the weak economy continues to strike a negative chord in the American people.