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'The Republican Party Is Back': GOP Celebrates Big Gains

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Republicans on Wednesday celebrated historic electoral gains and “a direct rejection of the Obama agenda” in races up and down the ballot on Election Night, predicting long-term gains for a reenergized GOP.

“The Republican Party is back,” said National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden. “We’re back with youth, we’re back with diversity, and we’re back with women.”

Walden added that the victory built by the GOP may be “a hundred –year majority.”

On the morning after Election Day, Republicans surveyed midterm results that saw them wresting back control of the United States Senate with room to spare, expanding their majority in the House and running up the score in competitive gubernatorial contests.

Republican National Committee head Reince Priebus told reporters that the results demonstrated voters’ rejections of Senate Majority Harry Reid’s tactics in the upper chamber – and, more importantly, the Obama administration as a whole.

And he pointed out Democratic losses in blue states like Illinois and Maryland – where Obama campaigned with gubernatorial candidates – and Kentucky, where likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stumped aggressively for losing Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

"The president said very clearly that his policies were on the ballot," he said. "And voters were very clear in return. They want nothing to do with the policies of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton."

Republican leaders also highlighted the diversity and comparative youth of many incoming GOP lawmakers, congratulating history-making candidates like Mia Love (who will be the first black Republican woman in Congress) and Elise Stefanik (who, at 30, will be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.)

- Carrie Dann

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