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America Votes - US Elections 2006

  

On November 7, Americans went to the polls to elect a new Congress -- a process mandated every two years by the U.S. Constitution.  At stake are all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 U.S. Senate seats - as well as 36 state governorships.

The outcome of this year's election will impact on the balance of power in Washington, where Republicans control the presidency and both houses of Congress. Opposition Democrats gained more than the 15 seats needed to retake the House, and are looking for six seats to win a majority in the Senate. Votes are still being counted in some key races.

View a transcript of our Live Chat Wednesday, November 8, on the mid-term elections. 

  


  
Balance of Power:
House of Representatives
Need 218 to Control

Current



New
Current
New
 Democrat
201
240
 Republican
230
158
 Independent
1
0
 
Senate
Need 51 to Control

Current



New
Current
New
 Democrat
44
58
 Republican
55
40
 Independent
1
2

  

In the Senate, the two Independents (Joe Lieberman and Bernie Sanders) are expected to vote with the Democrats, effectively giving the Democrats control of the Senate.

 

    


 

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  Key Races and Candidates

 


  Related External Links

  US Founding Documents:
       Declaration of Independence
       US Constitution
       Bill of Rights

  Ben's Guide - the US Election Process for Kids