The Norman Transcript

Election Coverage

November 7, 2012

Americans face prospect of status quo Congress

WASHINGTON — A barrage of negative ads, more than $2 billion in spending and endless campaign stops all come down to this: Americans likely will elect a Congress as divided as the one they’ve been ranting about for two years.

In Tuesday’s voting, Republicans are poised to hold the 435-seat House, with Democrats expected to gain a small handful of seats at best from roughly 60 competitive races but fall well short of the net 25 needed for the majority. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is poised to wield the gavel again.

Senate Democrats are likely to maintain their narrow advantage as two Republican candidates’ clumsy comments about rape and abortion could cost the GOP Indiana and dampens its prospects of winning Missouri — two major roadblocks in the Republican path to the majority.

Republicans hoped the math would work in their favor — Democrats are defending 23 seats, the GOP 10 — but solid Democratic recruits and the close presidential race, added to the GOP candidate stumbles may ensure that Nevada Sen. Harry Reid remains majority leader.

“That’s extremely frustrating for what everyone thought was a Republican advantage,” Ron Bonjean, a Republican consultant and former top Capitol Hill aide, said of the developments in Indiana and Missouri.

Newly re-elected President Barack Obama will be dealing with a Congress no closer to bridging the ideological chasm and showing no inclination to end the months of dysfunction. Tea party numbers are certain to tick up in the Senate with Republican Ted Cruz heavily favored in Texas and Deb Fischer looking to grab the Nebraska seat.

In the House, the movement that propelled the GOP to the majority in 2010 will be even more emboldened even if a few of the big-name tea partiers lose.

Sal Russo, head of the Tea Party Express, likened the group to the anti-Vietnam War movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s that he said remade the Democratic Party. He envisions the same with the GOP.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Election Coverage
  • Election logo.jpg Editor’s note

    Look here for an ongoing series of stories exploring the six state questions and the local candidate races on the Nov. 6 ballot. Additional stories will be coming weekly until the election.

    September 28, 2012 1 Photo

  • Stiles, Aaron.jpg Stiles retains seat by 18 votes; provisional ballots still in play

    Incumbent House member Aaron Stiles will retain his east Norman seat, according to complete, but unofficial returns from state House District 45 showed early today.

    November 7, 2012 1 Photo

  • Warren 2012 Americans face prospect of status quo Congress

    A barrage of negative ads, more than $2 billion in spending and endless campaign stops all come down to this: Americans likely will ...

    November 7, 2012 1 Photo

  • Voters must show ID

    Oklahoma’s proof of identity law was approved by voters in 2010. It passed with 74 percent of votes cast. The law requires every voter who votes in person at the precinct polling place or during early voting at the Cleveland County ...

    November 5, 2012

  • EarlyVote3 Review of state questions

    What does a ‘yes,’ ‘no’ vote mean? With six state questions on the ballot, voters will have a lot of information to remember when they enter the polls. In an effort to inform and educate voters on the upcoming elections, The Transcript has ...

    November 5, 2012 1 Photo

  • Election day Tuesday

    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday for the General Election. Jim Williams, Secretary of the Cleveland County Election Board, offered voters some tips on how to make votes count....

    November 3, 2012

  • Election logo.jpg Early voting starts today

    Early voting starts at 8 a.m. today at the Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E. Robinson St., Suite 200 in Norman. Because this is a federal as well as state and local election, office hours are extended until 6 p.m. today for anyone ...

    November 2, 2012 1 Photo

  • Chamber apologizes for sending Switzer letter

    Couple says they didn’t authorize, sign off on letter A letter to the editor supporting State Question 766 — purportedly written by Barry and Becky Switzer of Norman — was not authorized by them and should not have been published in ...

    November 1, 2012

  • Two in county sheriff’s race

    There was some early confusion over whether Oklahoma Republican Rep. Mike Reynolds was running for Cleveland County Sheriff because he shares the same name with a Moore business owner....

    November 1, 2012

  • ID required to vote in election

    Oklahoma’s proof of identity law was approved by voters in 2010. It passed with 74 percent of votes cast. The law requires every voter who votes in person at the precinct polling place or during early voting at the County Election Board to ...

    November 1, 2012