Harry Reid back to lead Senateby Holly Baltz | November 3rd, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans will control the House, but the Democrats will still have the Senate — and Majority Leader Harry Reid will still be among them.
Reid defeated tea party challenger Sharron Angle in a Nevada Senate race that had been seen as a dead heat in recent polls. Angle, a relative newcomer, had raised eyebrows with some of her libertarian views, including a call for an end to Social Security.
Republicans were able to capture six other Senate seats that had been in Democratic hands, including the seat that was once held by President Barack Obama in Illinois.
In the House, the man who’s expected to be the new speaker, John Boehner, says he’s received a congratulatory phone call from Obama. He says he told Obama that Americans expect them to cut spending and create jobs.