All 435 House seats are up. Prior to the election, 156 were solid/likely Democratic, 179 were solid/likely Republican, and 100 were toss-ups.

37 seats are up. Prior to the election, 8 were solid/likely Democrat, 22 were solid/likely Republican, and 7 were toss-ups.

37 seats are up. Prior to the election, 6 were solid/likely Democrat, 20 were solid/likely Republican, and 11 were toss-ups.

Balance of Power

HOUSE: The GOP needs a net gain of 39 seats to win a majority.

Current count  
273 seats

SENATE: The GOP needs a net gain of 10 seats to win a majority.

Current count  
50 seats

The Key Races

How the night — and morning — are playing out on Twitter

National

rickklein Rick Klein
could Dorgan have won? "I don't know... It would have been interesting to try." #TopLine
less than a minute ago
daveweigel daveweigel
Of course: Bernardine "wife of Bill Ayers" Dorhn worries about right-wing violence. http://slate.me/awNmRt
about a minute ago
Dave_Wasserman David Wasserman
Ducky pajamas-wearing Farenthold beat dean of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus & Chair of Readiness Sbcte, Solomon Ortiz
3 minutes ago
daveweigel daveweigel
And the "days since she's asked" sign resets to zero RT @pwire: Hillary Clinton says she will not run for president http://pwire.at/dqS5G7
5 minutes ago
Dave_Wasserman David Wasserman
New #TX27 Rep. Blake Farenthold (R): "Early on in the race, I had a nightmare that I won. And now it's like, 'what do I do?'"
5 minutes ago
rickklein Rick Klein
3 mins to #TopLine: Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), @davisusan @NationalJournal. @karentravers and I co-host. live: http://bit.ly/toplinelive
8 minutes ago

Alaska

celticdiva celticdiva (Linda)
RT @aliceinthewater Saying Kucinich will never be Pres gets me kicked out of the Progressive fan club. // Pragmatism is a curse I know well
about an hour ago
celticdiva celticdiva (Linda)
RT @politifact Now updated: Michele Bachmann's Truth-O-Meter record: http://bit.ly/bs1ikR // Bachmann "never scored higher than a false"
about an hour ago
celticdiva celticdiva (Linda)
RT @whitehouse Heard how President’s trip to Asia cost $200 quadrillion/ hr? Not true-http://is.gd/gKu1M // What, Repubs lie???
about an hour ago
celticdiva celticdiva (Linda)
RT @RealClearScott Huckabee - fundraising email for Joe Miller //Miller was counting on Sen. salary and perks--needs $$ to tide him over.
about an hour ago
celticdiva celticdiva (Linda)
Meas. 1 bases Legis. #s on 2010 Census--rural pop down - rural Reps unmotivated to support. http://twitter.com/AKpoli/status/537775908593664
about an hour ago
celticdiva celticdiva (Linda)
RT @AKpoli Fate of AK's house/sen districts as result of Meas. 1's failure http://bit.ly/9vZE37 // Per census, urban pop up, village down
about an hour ago

California

CapitolAlert Torey Van Oot
AM Alert: Changing of the guard http://bit.ly/b53N9l
about 2 hours ago
latimestot Top of the Ticket
Voters didn't suddenly fall in love with Republicans, they fell out of love with Democrats: Mitch McConnell http://lat.ms/bwdMc7
about 2 hours ago
latimestot Top of the Ticket
Re: New Jobless report-Speaker-elect John Boehner says stopping tax hikes shud be the top job-creating priority of Pres and Congress
about 2 hours ago

Colorado

curtishubbard curtishubbard
Colorado political headlines for Nov. 5 | http://t.co/voTekvi
about an hour ago
coloradopols Colorado Pols
Open Line Friday! http://bit.ly/b06VpH #COpols
about 2 hours ago
coloradopols Colorado Pols
Friday Jams Fest http://bit.ly/axVfOf #COpols
about 2 hours ago
RealDonJohnson Donald E. L. Johnson
Will members read ObamaCare before voting on repeal? www.businessword.com. #gop, #cogop, #tcot, #codem, #covote, #coleg.
about 2 hours ago
RealDonJohnson Donald E. L. Johnson
#ObamaCare summaries worth reading. www.businessword.com. #codem, #covote, #coleg.
about 2 hours ago
RealDonJohnson Donald E. L. Johnson
Why #cogop failed to take more legislative seats. www.businessword.com. #codem, #covote, #coleg.
about 2 hours ago

Florida

FL_Politics Florida Politics
Where Meek Ended Up... and Where He Might Go: http://ow.ly/354gm
less than a minute ago
FL_Politics Florida Politics
Scott begins transition to governor: http://ow.ly/354f8
about a minute ago
FL_Politics Florida Politics
Florida Business Leaders 'Ecstatic' After Midterm Results: http://ow.ly/3548B
2 minutes ago
SaintPetersblog Peter Schorsch
Hillary Clinton makes latest statement ruling out a presidential run through 2016 http://bit.ly/bdz6Yw
4 minutes ago
OFA_FL OFA Florida
.@whitehouse West Wing Week: 11/05/10 or "Don't Watch the Plasma Arc" http://OFA.BO/A2bmXq
27 minutes ago
bethreinhard beth reinhard
Nielsen says Orlando and WPB markets were 9th and 10th most saturated by political ads in past month
31 minutes ago

Kentucky

WHAS11 WHAS11 News
Cold start to Breeders’ Cup: It'll be a cold start to a hot race in just a couple hours. http://bit.ly/9VDOw2
6 minutes ago
WHAS11 WHAS11 News
Garret Gomez recovering after falling from horse Thursday: Gomez was thrown from the 3-year-old filly, Indy Bouq... http://bit.ly/9pW8Oe
6 minutes ago
WHAS11 WHAS11 News
Jeffersonville man faces judge after alleged road rage incident: Michael Shelby was arraigned Friday morning in ... http://bit.ly/aUPFr2
6 minutes ago
ky_news Kentucky News
Frankfort Independent Schools: Enrollment drops steadily: Enrollment at Frankfort Independent Schools continues ... http://bit.ly/9anhXH
8 minutes ago
ky_news Kentucky News
Man who set fire to courthouse escapes: The man convicted of setting the Franklin County Courthouse on fire in 1... http://bit.ly/bvrPVb
8 minutes ago
ky_news Kentucky News
Slow work on Singing Bridge a $100,000 loss: The Chicago company painting the Singing Bridge has had to forfeit ... http://bit.ly/9V3lYw
8 minutes ago

Nevada

latimesvegas Ashley Powers
RT @LATimesTravel: Lake #Tahoe: Free lift tickets with stay at Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort http://lat.ms/dzDTwu
21 minutes ago
RalstonFlash Jon Ralston
Rural uprising sparks anti-Raggio resolutions, but Clark was in on it, too http://bit.ly/c052eS
about an hour ago
RalstonFlash Jon Ralston
Many have said it, but doesn't make it so: Sue Lowden (or Little Tark) would not necessarily have beaten Reid. http://bit.ly/b0Hdqz
about an hour ago
RalstonFlash Jon Ralston
ICYMI: My column today on some of the winners and losers of #nvsen. http://bit.ly/apKTx7
about an hour ago
elizcrum Elizabeth Crum (E!!)
MT @JillDLawrence: Very funny piece. Dear Barack: Midterm Advice From Past Presidents http://aol.it/8Z8hRV @PDAndrewCBS knows his history.
about 2 hours ago
RalstonFlash Jon Ralston
Harry Reid, "the real candidate of hope and change." @hotlinejosh takes a look at the majority leader's opportunity. http://bit.ly/9WlRRK
about 3 hours ago

Live blogging from our writers

Headlines from around the world today: ... Israel's Ha'aretz: "How will the Republican-controlled House affect U.S.-Israel ties? ... UAE's The National: "Democrats Lose House but Keep Senate" ... South Africa's Mail & Guardian: "Republicans deal stinging rebuke to Obama" ... Argentina's Buenos Aires Herald: "Republicans overtake Lower House while Democrats manage to retain control in Senate" ... Austrailia's Sydney Morning Herald: "Symbol of change as Tea Party darling rides conservative groundswell" ... Britain's BBC: "Republicans to fight Obama Agenda" ... Canada's Globe and Mail: "Republicans retake House, vow to repeal Obama health care overhaul" ... Pakistan's Dawn: "US Republicans win House, gain in Senate" ... Lebanon's The Daily Star: "US Voters Poised to Punish Obama's Democratic Party in mid-terms polls" ... China's South China Morning Post: "Republicans Claim House Majority" ... Qatar's The Peninsula: "Republicans Eye Control of Congress" ... India's Hindustan Times: "Change yourself: Obama gets message from voters" ... Al Jazeera English: "Republicans Sweep US house" ... Mexico's The News: "New politicians, same grim reality"

The nuclear power lobby is more angry that the Yucca Mountain-hating Harry Reid kept his seat than they are happy that the nuke-friendly GOP has a hand in energy policy. With no place to bury the waste, the industry can't do squat.

How Latino votes delivered a win in Nevada, momentum in California, and an electoral edge for Democrats for years to come

Sullivan relays some perceptive questions and answers between Outside the Beltway's Steven Taylor and his readers on what would constitute a convincing demonstration that the Tea Party has altered the GOP's behavior -- and what Tea Party candidates will have to do to demonstrate that they take fiscal responsibility seriously.

Think voting no on health care helped conservative Democrats? Think again. Democratic health care detractors did worse than the general caucus, although they did worse in tougher districts for Democrats. Republicans won 55 percent of the House, and 65 percent of the races against Democratic dissenters on health care.

How not to spend $140 million: The Wire on "What Loss of Competent, Uber-Rich Meg Whitman Says About American Politics"

In a press call, Sen. and DSCC Chair Robert Menendez managed to spin his party's crushing losses last night as an unprecedented historical triumph for Democrats. "We actually beat history last night," Menendez said. "Since 1930, every time the House has switched control, the Senate has switched control. We beat that history last night by keeping a Democratic majority in the Senate. ... I think we had good night considering the history against us and the economic challenges that we inherited and worked assiduously to turn around." Majority Leader Harry Reid as well as Sens. Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer were also on the call, expressing their hope to work with the expanded Republican minority to push key legislation forward. 

Sullivan has reader reax on Proposition 19.

Michael Bennet declares victory in CO after a long Election Night/Following Day. Networks, however, haven't called it in his favor, and his Tea-Party-backed opponent Ken Buck hasn't conceded. CNN results show Bennet leading 793,164 votes to 777,726, with 90 percent reporting. Automatic recount is triggered if the margin falls below .5 percent (calculated, in CO, by dividing the difference by the winning candidate's total). Right now, the margin is 1.7 percent calculated that way. If the losing candidate requests a recount, both state parties have told the Denver Post they have legal teams in place to fight it out.

Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) tweets: "Actual good news for Dems: FL initiative creating independent redistricting board passes. FL had been one of most pro-GOP gerrymanders."

The president loses hawkish Dems and faces Republicans skeptical of Afghanistan withdrawal. On The Wire: "Obama Will Face Two-Front War on Foreign Policy"

Ambinder: "On Election Night, What You Might Have Missed"

Huffington Post's Nick Wing reports that Rep. Michele Bachmann is planning on running for GOP Conference Chair, the fourth highest Republican leadership spot in the House. The conservative Minnesotan has built her profile this election season, backing Tea Party candidates and forming a House Tea Party Caucus. Her election to the post would signal that House Republicans have processed the power of the Tea Party movement and are incorporating it into their modus operandi. Bachmann would also add some much-needed diversity to House Republican leadership. 

Alex Massie (@alexmassie) tweets: "Last 15 minutes of presser were Obama's best; first 15 his worst. Wrong way round! 'Shellacking' good, but not as good as 'we was humped'"

"Hello to All This" Sullivan, playing off the headline for his December 2007 Atlantic cover story: "The only hope I have is that Obama keeps pushing the pragmatic center forward, reveals the bluff behind the Tea Party's fake fiscal conservatism and somehow crafts a narrative to defeat this exhausted but potent meme."

Obama says he took a "shellacking" ... relationship with the American people "has gotten rockier and tougher"

Obama has gone anti-Washington, anti-White House during his tenure before. He told a crowd in the Midwest once that he doesn't like being in the White House, in the "bubble." We're getting more of that today, but phrased as a problem of perception, not of where Obama would personally rather be. "There is an inherent danger in being in the White House, in being in the bubble...it is hard not to seem removed..."

Alexis Madrigal has compiled a very cool slideshow of voting machines throughout the ages--or since 1890, at least, when the machine was ... a box. The box later evolved to a glass globe, a tabulating box, a curtained booth, a punch ballot, and now, potentially, a touchscreen voting machine. Click through here

Obama "might serve Slurpees. They're delicious drinks." White House press corps inside joke. Rest of the nation doesn't get it. I sort of half-get it. I think. Ask @MarkKnoller

TNR's Jon Cohn muses on the degradation of the Democratic brand, quoting a Miami Herald dispatch on Rick Scott's narrow win in the Florida gubernatorial race: "I wouldn't have voted for him if I had another Republican to choose from,' said Frank Paruas, a 38-year-old Kendall Republican. 'I think Alex Sink isn't a bad person. But I just couldn't vote for anyone in the Democratic party right now.'"

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