Tuesday's general elections saw the Republicans maintaining rule in the House of Representatives while the Democrats kept control of the Senate.
The GOP went into this election having a 242-193 advantage and the Democrats needed to win 25 Republican seats to take back control.
Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi earlier noted that in 2008 Barack Obama won in the 58 districts currently represented by Republican congressmen and argued that winning those seats could lead to a big night for the Democrats.
The Democrats, apparently, came up short with this goal and would not be regaining the House.
House Speaker John Boehner told supporters in Washington that the Republican win meant there was no mandate from the American people to raise taxes.
The Republicans was successful this year even as the tea party became a non-factor in this election, where just two years ago it helped the GOP regain control of the House.
In the Senate, the Democrats crushed the Republicans' dream of picking up four seats in order to retain its role as the majority party. Independent candidates in Vermont and Maine picked up seats in the chamber.
Democrat Elizabeth Warren unseated Scott Brown in Massachusetts in the closely followed senate race. The Republican senator won the seat in 2009 after the passing of liberal Edward Kennedy.
Democrats held their narrow majority in the Senate on Tuesday, grabbing Republican seats in Massachusetts and Indiana and turning aside Republican challenges in Missouri, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio
Democrats Hold Narrow Majority in Senate
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