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U.S. Democrats Triumph in Elections to Congress, Governors' Positions
    2008-11-06 00:10:25     Xinhua

The U.S. Democrats expanded their majority in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and also defeated the Republicans in elections for seven state governors, the latest results from the CNN and CBS TV networks showed Wednesday.

In Tuesday's congressional elections, Democrats captured five more seats to reach 56 in the 100-seat Senate, and won 17 more seats to go up to 252 in the 435-seat House, the networks projected.

The Republicans, however, have to face a possible embarrassment of having just 40 Senate and 173 House seats in the next Congress. The Democrats' advantage on seats in the current Congress, over the Republicans, is 51-49 by obtaining support of two independents in Senate and 235-199 with one vacancy in House.

As for the congressional elections, of which final result is pending, analysts believe the Democrats' strategic goal to reach a filibuster-proof majority of 60 seats in Senate unlikely, but lead the Republicans by 258-177 in House possible.

The Democrats have also claimed an overwhelming victory over the Republicans in the gubernatorial elections for 11 states, as their candidates won in seven states. All this happened on the day that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama created history by defeating Republican John McCain in the race for the White House, becoming the first African-American to be elected president of the United States.

It was the first time for the Democrats to win both congressional and presidential elections since 1992. The triumph also put a way for the party to gain its strongest governing position since the post-Watergate election in 1976.

 
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