GOP takes control of the House

After months of campaigning, rallies and commercials deriding Democratic policies, Republicans have claimed a major victory by retaking control of the House of Representatives.House Republicans

WASHINGTON - After months of campaigning, rallies and commercials deriding Democratic policies, Republicans have claimed a major victory by retaking control of the House of Representatives.

House Republicans have captured 220 seats and were leading in 20 other races. Only 218 seats are needed for control of the House.

The Republicans, bolstered by the ideals of the tea party of cutting spending, shrinking government, reducing taxes and creating jobs, resonated with voters who seemingly wanted to send a message to President Barack Obama and the Democrats that their ideals are not taking the country in the right direction. Adding to the issues for the Democrats was the anti-incumbent sentiment that was emanating from the tea party.

In polls, four out of 10 people questioned said they feel their financial shape has gotten worse during Obama?s tenure. Six out of 10 believe the country is on the wrong track.

In 2008, the Democrats were able to take control of Congress by garnering large support of independents and moderate voters. In this election, the tide has turned the other way sending the independents toward the right.

With the Republican takeover, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) is likely to become the next Speaker of the House, succeeding the current speaker, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

AP wire services contributed to this report

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