Republicans rule House and Senate for first time in 8 years

Republicans captured total control of Congress on Tuesday, riding a wave of voter discontent to take the Senate for the first time in eight years and expand its majority in the House, according to NBC News projections. The vote will recalibrate the balance of power for President Barack Obama’s final two years in office as attention begins to turn to who will succeed him. NBC News projections showed Republicans picking up Senate seats held by Democrats in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia — one more than the six they needed to take the chamber.

In the House, Republicans were projected to finish the night with an advantage of 246-189, plus or minus six seats, well ahead of their current edge of 233-199. <click here for more>

Nov. 4, 2014 NBC news