With Historic Victory, GOP Intends to 'Change Course'

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The Republicans won a historic victory in Tuesday's elections, gaining more than 60 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. However, the Democrats managed to hang on to the U.S. Senate.

It was a huge win for Republicans as they captured more House seats than either party has in more than 70 years. The state of the economy and the overreach by President Obama's agenda and the federal government had voters hopping mad.

Dr. Charles Dunn, a distinguished professor at Regent University, talked more about Tuesday's election results on the CBN News Channel's Midday News, Nov. 3. Click play to watch the interview.

CBN News Political Editor John Waage and the Wall Street Journal's John Fund also weighed in on Tuesday's election results on Nov. 3 edition of The 700 Club. Click here for their comments.

"The message that's being sent tonight by the American people is a thunderous repudiation of the failed policies of this administration," said Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Ohio, one of the most crucial states in presidential elections, gave a hearty rebuke to the Obama/Biden team. Both men campaigned in the Buckeye State numerous times, but the GOP took the governor's seat, a Senate seat and important House seats.

Another rebuke came in Virginia, where fervent Obama supporter Tom Perriello was ousted, despite special campaign help from the president.

The Tea Party saw some major victories. Marco Rubio, one of the first candidates pushed by members of the party, crushed independent Gov. Charlie Crist and Democrat Rep. Kendrick Meek in his race for Florida's U.S. Senate seat. Rubio is seen by many as the best and brightest of the young Republicans, full of faith and conservative fervor.

"Our nation is headed in the wrong direction, and both parties are to blame," Rubio said. "And what Americans are looking for desperately are people that will go to Washington D.C. and stand up to this agenda that is taking us in the wrong direction, and offer a clear and genuine alternative."

Tea Party favorite Rand Paul also won big in Kentucky.

"Eleven percent of the people approve of what's going on in Congress," Paul told a crowd of supporters. "But tonight there's a Tea Party tidal wave and we're sending a message to them."

Still, the Tea Party also saw major defeats -- Christine O'Donnell losing to Chris Coons in the Delaware U.S. Senate race. Carly Fiorina losing to Barbara Boxer in California's Senate race. And quite possibly most painful of all for them, Nevada's Sharron Angle failing to topple Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the Silver State.

"I'm not finished fighting," said Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. "In fact, tonight I'm more determined than ever."

"I want you to see that I'm still smiling, and it's because I still believe in American exceptionalism," Angle said. "And you are the example of that."

Democrats were predicted to continue to keep a hold the U.S. Senate and lose just a few seats, and that's exactly what they did.

They also avoided major embarrassment in West Virginia, where Joe Manchin held onto the late Robert Byrd's long-held Senate seat, although he did it by renouncing much of the Obama agenda.

"We acknowledge that Washington is broken and when you look," Manchin said. "When you look and you see putting the party first and putting your personal agenda or political agenda second and the country last, it doesn't work."

Another rebuke came in Illinois where Republican Mark Kirk captured the Senate seat formerly occupied by President Obama.

Florida voters may have been administering a rebuke to Democrat Alan Grayson for one of the nastiest campaign television commercial of the year. In the ad, he labelled his opponent, Christian conservative Dan Webster, "Taliban Dan" for his religious views.

Webster crushed Grayson 56 to 38 percent.

Also in the victory column, two black conservative Republicans won House seats -- Tim Scott of South Carolina and Allen West of Florida. Their victories break a long tradition of mainly Democrat African-Americans serving in the U.S. House.

Overall, with Republicans taking around 63 House seats, the Grand Old Party is ready to assume control of the House and will try to slam the brakes on the aggressive agenda of President Obama.

"The American people have sent an unmistakable message to him tonight: and that message is 'Change course,'" said Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio.

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