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Authors: Amy Resseguie

Republicans kept control of both U.S. Congressional houses in

Tuesday’s election, gaining at least two seats in the Senate and

five in the House of Representatives.

By 11:15 p.m. Mountain time, Republicans had won the required 51

Senate and 218 House seats to clinch the majority.

Close Senate races in Oklahoma and Florida went to Republican

candidates, as did House seats in Georgia, Kentucky and Texas.

CSU political science professor John Straayer said he is not

surprised by the national outcomes. Gerrymandering in Pennsylvania

and redistricting in Texas helped Republicans hold onto the House,

Straayer said.

Straayer said some of the newer Republican senators are

extremely conservative, which could increase partisanship.

“The parties are becoming more and more ideologically divided,”

Straayer said. “I don’t hold out a lot of hope for any bipartisan


Political science professor Robert Lawrence also predicted that

Republicans would gain a small lead in both houses.

Lawrence said if President George W. Bush is reelected, he will

have some support in Congress, but it will be difficult to win over

some of the moderate GOP members from the northeastern states.

While the open Colorado Senate seat went to Democrat Ken

Salazar, it was not enough to help the party gain a foothold.

However, both Lawrence and Straayer said the close balance

between the parties could lead to a slower political process and

the possibility of filibusters loom large, especially regarding

potential Supreme Court appointees.

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