Americans Elect a Divided Congress

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The same voters who gave President Obama another four years also elected a divided Congress. Democrats retained control of the Senate while Republicans renewed their majority in the House of Representatives.

Republicans took a bad bruising in Senate races across the country. The GOP needed to gain four seats to take control -- instead they lost seats.

Evangelicals did their part and showed up big at the polls.

"Evangelicals were a larger share of the election than they've ever been," Ralph Reed, of the Freedom and Faith Coalition, said. "They turned out in larger raw numbers."

CBN News Political Editor John Waage and Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, offered their analysis of the 2012 election, on "The 700 Club," Nov. 7.

But there was a strong showing by minority and women voters, including a large number of Hispanics.

"You can't have Hispanics along the I-4 corridor walk in by the tens of thousands and vote straight Democrat tickets," Reed continued. "As recently as 2004, the GOP nominee won 44 percent of the Hispanic vote. Tonight Mitt Romney is getting closer to 30 percent. That's not going to work in an electorate this diverse."

That large Democrat voter turnout was key to the president's re-election and Democrats holding onto the Senate.

"What has surprised me is President Obama and the Democrats to turn out such a huge vote," Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard, told CBN News.

"Frankly I didn't think President Obama, being such an unsuccessful president and Dems seeming to lack enthusiasm, I didn't think they'd be able to do this. But in fact they have," he said.

In Virginia, Democrat Tim Kaine defeated George Allen to hold onto a Senate seat left open by outgoing Sen. Jim Webb.

In the closely watch Missouri race, Republican Rep. Todd Akin lost a chance to oust incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill.

A verbal gaffe severely damaged his candidacy, and Republican leaders, including Romney, called on him to abandon the race.

In Massachusetts, incumbent Scott Brown fell to Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Brown shocked the nation in 2010 when he won the seat held by Democrat Ted Kennedy for 47 years in a special election.

Warren is a Harvard law professor and the first woman to hold a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts.

"This victory belongs to you. You did this! You did this!" an elated Elizabeth Warren told her supporters.

How should President Obama approach Congress during his second term? Our panel of guests -- including CBN News Political Editor John Waage, Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church, and the Independent Women's Forum's Hadley Heath -- addressed the that question and more below:

Altogether, Democrats won eight of the 11 toss-up races in the Senate.

Meanwhile, Tea Party candidates didn't do well in this election. House Republican Allen West was defeated. But party favorite Michelle Bachman won her bid to continue representing Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District, beating out Jim Graves.

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Charlene Aaron serves as a general assignment reporter and helps anchor for the CBN News Channel.  Follow her on Twitter @CharNews and "like" her at Facebook.com/CharleneIsraelCBNNews.