Republicans on Tuesday night won six Senate seats from Democrats, giving Republicans control of the Senate for the first time in eight years.
The GOP won seats currently held by Democrats in West Virginia, Arkansas, Colorado, South Dakota, Montana and Iowa, giving them the net pick up of six seats they needed to hold 51 Senate seats. Iowa was called by Fox News at around 11:22 p.m.
And while Republicans were defending 15 seats, they successfully defended every one of them, giving Democrats no chance to eat away at the GOP lead.
Just before midnight, Republicans still had a chance to add to their lead. Iowa and Alaska were expected to go to Republicans, as was Louisiana, although it will take a runoff election before that state is decided.
Republicans were also threatening to win in North Carolina, even though Democrats were expected to safely hold that seat.
The guaranteed GOP control of the Senate will immediately reshape Washington once the new Congress takes over in early 2015. House Republicans have spent the last several years passing legislation that has died in the Democratic-led Senate. GOP leaders in the Senate can give those bills new life in the new Congress.
It also means Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will be demoted to minority leader, at least.
Republicans Take the Senate, Harry Reid Loses His Job | TheBlaze.com.