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Explainer: Fresh faces from the '10 elections

  • A look at the new class of politicians set to enter the House, Senate and governors' mansions across the country.

  • Governor-elect Rick Snyder, R-Mich.

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    Carlos Osorio  /  AP

    Snyder is a former executive at computer maker Gateway who referred to himself as “one tough nerd” during the campaign. After besting Democratic Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Snyder said the state's economy and government have been broken "for too many years."

  • Governor-elect Nikki Haley, R-S.C.

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    Mary Ann Chastain  /  AP

    The daughter of immigrants from India, conservative Haley will be the first female governor of South Carolina. She played on her experience as an accountant during the race — though her opponent, Vincent Sheheen, pointed out that she failed to pay her taxes on time. She was an ally of her scandal-plagued predecessor, Gov. Mark Sanford.

  • Governor-elect John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.

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    Ed Andrieski  /  AP

    The Denver mayor beat Republican nominee Dan Maes and immigration hardliner Tom Tancredo. He’s a former brew pub owner and restaurateur who also worked as a geologist for a Colorado petroleum company.

  • Senator-elect Rob Portman, R-Ohio

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    Al Behrman  /  AP

    Portman was a White House budget director and trade ambassador under George W. Bush. He coasted to victory over Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher in a race that Democrats gave up on months ago.

  • Senator-elect Chris Coons, D-Del.

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    Rob Carr  /  AP

    Coons bested Tea Party darling Christine O’Donnell with the help of Delaware Democratic moderates. The New Castle County executive is an attorney and strong Obama supporter. In fact, the president called Coons to offer his congratulations after Tuesday’s win.

  • Senator-elect Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

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    Alan Diaz  /  AP

    The son of Cuban-American immigrants, Rubio bested independent Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek in a hotly contested three-way race. Rubio practically tossed Crist out of the GOP, winning the party’s Senate nomination and forcing the governor to launch a no-party bid for the seat.

  • Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc.

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    Morry Gash  /  AP

    This Republican businessman topped three-term Democrat Russ Feingold. On the trail, he touted his experience running a plastics company for more than three decades. Johnson was aided by Tea Party support and his fervent stance against the president’s health care overhaul.

  • Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Ariz.

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    Matt York  /  AP

    The son of former Vice President Dan Quayle bested Democrat Jon Hulburd in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District. An issue during the campaign was Quayle’s involvement with a sex-steeped website; something the Republican later said he regretted.

  • Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D.

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    Chet Brokaw  /  AP

    This South Dakota Republican stopped her Democratic rival from claiming her fourth full congressional term. Ads from her opponent called attention to Noem’s 28 traffic violations in the past decade. Noem called one of the more controversial television spots "over the top" and said “it has nothing to do with issues."

Video: President Obama humbled by voters

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    >>> midterm elections. president obama is taking responsibility for the devastating defeats suffered by democrats. will tuesday's results lead to a change in the way he leads the country? chuck todd is our white house correspondent and political director. good morning to you.

    >> reporter: good morning, matt. the president let it all hang out. he was clearly drained from making all those campaign condolence calls to the democrats that lost on tuesday. he even put himself on the couch a bit as he talked publically about what is a frayed relationship with the american public.

    >> it feels bad.

    >> reporter: reflecting on the democrats' big loss at the polls.

    >> i'm not recommending every president take a shellacking like i did.

    >> reporter: president obama turned introspective.

    >> this is something i think every president needs to go through because the responsibilities of this office are so enormous and in the rush of activity, sometimes we lose track of the ways that we connected with folks that got us here in the first place.

    >> reporter: asked repeatedly what went wrong for democrats, mr. obama accepted some responsibility.

    >> it underscores, for me, that i've got to do a better job, just like everybody else in washington does.

    >> reporter: but it was a far different barack obama than the one swept into office two years ago with what he felt was a loud mandate from the american people .

    >> because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to america. [ cheers and applause ]

    >> reporter: the one who got huffy with former rival john mccain when mccain questioned the health care bill.

    >> let me make this point, john, because we are not campaigning anymore. the election's over.

    >> reporter: throughout the campaign, mr. obama promised repeatedly he would change the way washington works.

    >> we have to change washington now.

    >> reporter: but wednesday, a more chastened president obama admitted he had fallen short.

    >> we were in such a hurry to get things done that we didn't change how things got done.

    >> reporter: and suggested he was in good company.

    >> a couple of great communicators -- ronald reagan and bill clinton -- were standing at this podium two years into their presidency getting very similar questions.

    >> you can take it from me, washington ain't seen nothing yet.

    >> the president is relevant here, especially an activist president and the fact that i am willing to work with the republicans. the question is are they willing to work with me.

    >> reporter: unlike bill clinton the president feels he's relevant and frankly speaker designate john boehner said it well. right after the president gets back from india and asia in the next ten days, he plans on having speaker to be boehner and senate minority leader mitch mcdonnell and the democratic leaders over to the white house to begin their new relationship,

Photos: Election night

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  1. Ohio Gov.-elect John Kasich celebrates a victory during the Ohio Republican Party celebration in Columbus, Ohio. (Tony Dejak / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, celebrates early election returns in Anchorage on Nov. 2. With Murkowski are from left, sons Matt and Nick Murkowski and longtime friend Hope Neslon. (Michael Dinneen / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. California Gov.-elect Jerry Brown celebrates his election win during a rally with his wife, Anne Gust, in Oakland, Calif. (Paul Sakuma / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman concedes to Democrat Jerry Brown during a campaign party in Universal City, Calif. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Supporters of California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman react after conceding the Governor's race to Democrat Jerry Brown during a campaign party in Universal City, Calif. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Terri Sewell celebrate her victory with her cousin Kindall Sewell- Murphy as the first African American woman to be elected to for the 7th Congressional District seat in Alabama, with family and friends in Selma, Ala. (Butch Dill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle with her husband, Ted Angle, concedes defeat to supporters at the Nevada Republican Party's election results party at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino after she lost to incumbent U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Supporters of Nevada Republican Party Senate candidate Sharron Angle react after news projected Democratic Party candidate Harry Reid as the winner of the race for the Nevada senate seat at the Nevada Republican Party's Election Night event in Las Vegas, NV. (Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks during the Nevada State Democratic election night party after defeating Sharron Angle to win re-election, in Las Vegas. (Jae C. Hong / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Angela Webb of Alabama, left, and Leah Stith of Virgina react after U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was announced as the winner over Republican challenger Sharron Angle at the Nevada State Democratic Party's election results party at the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter in Las Vegas. In one of the nation's most closely watched races, Reid retained his seat for a fifth term against Angle, a Tea Party favorite. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. House Republican leader John Boehner breaks into tears during his speech as he addresses supporters at a Republican election night results watch rally in Washington, D.C. (Jim Young / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Supporters of Republican Senator Marco Rubio celebrate at his victory party in Coral Gables, Florida. (Gary I Rothstein / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. U.S. Senator John McCain is reflected on a teleprompter as he celebrates his victory with his daughter Meghan after defeating Democratic candidate Rodney Glassman in Phoenix, Arizona. (Joshua Lott / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Tammy Tideman of Mesa, Arizona and Carla Schwarte of Phoenix, Arizona hold "Fire Pelosi" sighn as Sen. John McCain speaks to the crowd during an Arizona Republican Party election night event in Phoenix, Arizona. (Laura Segall / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Democrat Bill White walks off the stage after addressing his election night party at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston. The former Houston mayor conceded defeat to incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Perry in the race. (Smiley N. Pool / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. President Barack Obama makes an election night phone call to Rep. John Boehner from his Treaty Room office in the White House residence. (Pete Souza / The White House) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Tea Party Patriots at an election night party celebrate an announcement that Republicans have gained the majority in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, November 2. (Ann Heisenfelt / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Terri Scofield of Medford checks her email for updates from the Board of Elections as she awaits elections results at the Suffolk County Democratic Committee Headquarters in Islandia, N.Y. (Kathy Kmonicek / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand D-NY celebrates her re-election at a rally in New York. Disenchanted U.S. voters swept Democrats from power in the House of Representatives and increased the ranks of Senate Republicans on Tuesday in an election rout that dealt a sharp rebuke to President Barack Obama. (Shannon Stapleton / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Harris Blackwood, communications director for Georgia Gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal, holds a broom, claiming a sweep for Republicans at the Georgia Republican Party's election night watch party in Atlanta. (Brant Sanderlin / Atlanta Journal & Constitution / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, a favorite among the conservative Tea Party movement, appears at an election night rally in Dover, Delaware. Democrat Christopher Coons won the U.S. Senate race in Delaware on Tuesday, keeping for Democrats a seat once held by Vice President Joe Biden. (Jason Reed / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Michele Bachmann and other Republicans gather at the Sheraton Bloomington to await election results. (Tom Wallace / Star-Tribune via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Kentucky Republican U.S. Senate candidate and Tea Party favorite Rand Paul acknowledges supporters with wife Kelley at his election night rally in Bowling Green, Kentucky, November 2. (John Sommers II / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., arrives to celebrate his re-election with supporters at the Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club in New York. (Jason Decrow / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Supporters Rachel Smith, right, and Genevieve Fugere watch the returns of Democratic Mike McIntyre D-N.C., 7th House District at his election night headquarters at the Holiday Inn in Lumberton, North Carolina. (Jim R. Bounds / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Election worker Janet Smith processes ballots at the King County Elections headquarter in Seattle, Washington. Among the races and ballot initiatives here is the US Senate race between incumbent Senator Patty Murray and challenger Republican and former gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi, which is so close it could take several days to determine the winner. (Stephen Brashear / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Republican candidate for governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, right, watches election results come in after the polls closed from a hotel restaurant with her husband Michael, left, son Nalin, 9, rear center, and daughter Rena, 12, right, in Columbia, South Carolina. (David Goldman / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Florida Governor Charlie Crist thanks supporters after conceding his defeat in his campaign for U.S. Senate to Republican Marco Rubio during a campaign party in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Brian Blanco / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Diana Reiner of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, left, and Keli Carender of Seattle, Washington, gather with a group known as the Tea Party Patriots for a 'Reclaiming the Capitol' rally at the US Capitol. The group planted a "special edition" of the historic Gadsden flag, the US flag, and the Tea Party Patriots banner into the ground in Washington, DC. Midterm elections are being held across the United States with many highly contested races that could threaten the political futures of numerous incumbents as well as change the balance in the Senate and House of Representatives. (Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Jamey Stehn leaves the Hope Social Hall after casting his ballot in Hope, Alaska. Stehn and the other 200 or so residents of Hope use the one-room log building built in 1902 as their polling place and activity hall. (Michael Dinneen / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Volunteer Justino Mora, left, joins members of the mariachi band "Los Munecos," and other Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles volunteers to urge immigrant voters to vote early in the California election in Los Angeles, California. The sign reads in Spanish: "Everybody to Vote." (Damian Dovarganes / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Congressman Joe Sestak speaks with a reporter after casting his ballot in Gradyville, Pennsylvania. Sestak faces Republican candidate Pat Toomey in the midterm election. (William Thomas Cain / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Sloan Atkins, 6, left, helps her mother, Coleen Atkins, as her sister Reese Atkins, 4, helps their father Anthony Oliva, right, fill out their ballots in West Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Sen. John McCain and his wife, Cindy, address the media outside a polling station in Phoenix as Apollo, a dog owned by McCain's son, Jimmy, licks the camera. (Matt York / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. A member of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers fills out his ballot at a polling station inside the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Spellman Room in Ossining, New York. (Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
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