Wednesday, 5 November 2014

US snubs Obama in midterm polls in setback for Democrats.....

WASHINGTON: The lone Indian-American in the US Congress appeared to have lost his seat in a nationwide Democratic rout on Tuesday that saw the Republican Party take control of the Senate, expand their hold on the House of Representatives, and win a raft of governorships.

The crushing GOP victory puts President Obama on a grim and arduous track against rampaging Republicans in his final two years in the White House. It also sets the stage for the 2016 presidential election, offering a road map to Hillary Clinton and other prospective candidates with regards to hot button issues such as the economy, healthcare, immigration, and US role in world affairs.

The Democratic defeat was widely expected, but the extent of the midterm rout was a setback to Obama, already struggling to push ahead in the final 26 months of his presidency. Republicans, who held 45 seats in the 100-member Senate, needed to snatch six from the 33 that went to the polls (while retaining their 45 count), and they comfortably took seven (with two more results due), giving them a complete stranglehold in Congress because they already control the House of Representatives.