1. GOP WINS BACK SENATE
There’s a new order: Six years after losing control of the Senate to the Democrats, the Republicans are back in charge. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has controlled the Senate since 2007, congratulated Republicans on their victory. But there was silence from the White House after yesterday’s results became clear. Obama will make a public statement today on an election many will see as a rejection of his presidency, and he will host bipartisan leaders at the end of the week to try to chart a way forward.
2. THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION
More GOP gains: Republican success didn’t end in the Senate, the GOP picked up governor’s mansions in some reliably Democratic states. President Obama‘s home state of Illinois elected a Republican governor. So did Massachusetts and Maryland. Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Georgia’s Nathan Deal both narrowly won re-election in the face of well-financed Democratic challenges, according to CNN projections. Ohio’s John Kasich, Iowa’s Terry Branstad and New Mexico’s Susana Martinez also dispatched weaker Democratic challengers. The lone bright spot for Democrats was in Pennsylvania, where Republican Tom Corbett was unseated by Democrat Tom Wolf.
3. OREGON BRIDGE DEATH
Murder charge: A 6-year-old boy was found dead in the frigid waters of Oregon’s Yaquina Bay after his mother told police she tossed him off a bridge. Authorities said they found the body of London McCabe about a mile from the bridge, about four hours after his mother called 911 Monday evening to say she’d thrown him from the span. The mother, Jillian Meredith McCabe, 34, was arrested on charges of aggravated murder, murder and first-degree manslaughter, Newport police said.
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