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On historic night, Republicans sweep House Democrats from power

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“The outcome of the election does not diminish the work we have done for the American people. We must all strive to find common ground to support the middle class, create jobs, reduce the deficit and move our nation forward,” Speaker Pelosi said.

More than a dozen moderate Democrats repudiated her leadership during tough campaigns this season. Most will not be returning to the Congress. House majority leader Steny Hoyer (D) of Maryland, a likely prospect to replace Pelosi, praised those who had turned out to vote tonight. “We’re going to be listening to them,” he said.

Republican gains widespread

GOP gains spread out across the country.

In New England, where House Republicans had been driven to the point of extinction, GOP candidates won back two seats. Republicans swept both House seats and the Senate race in New Hampshire. Former Rep. Charlie Bass (R) of New Hampshire took back the seat he lost when Democrats took back the House in 2006. New England has not had a GOP representative in the House for the last four years.

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