The 2014 mid-term elections resulted in the Republican Party maintaining control of the House of Representatives and gaining control of the Senate from the Democratic Party. After the election, the Republican Party held 247 seats in Congress and 54 seats in the Senate. The Democratic Party held 188 seats in Congress and 46 seats in the Senate.Continue Reading
Governorships were up for election in 36 states. The Republican Party won 24 seats for a net gain of two seats, and the Democratic Party won 11 seats for a net loss of three. Bill Walker, an Alaskan independent, won the other contested seat. After the election, 31 states had Republican governors, and 18 states had Democratic governors. With a 56.78 percent majority in the Senate, a 62 percent majority in Congress and a 62 percent majority of governorships, Republicans held their largest legislative majority since 1928.
At the state level, the Republican Party increased its majority from 57 to 67 state house legislatures.
The elections were notable for being the most expensive in U.S. history, with candidates collectively spending in excess of $3.7 billion. The election turn-out, conversely, was at its lowest since 1942.
Notable election victories include those belonging to 18-year-old Saira Blair, the youngest official to serve in a state office; Mia Love, the first African-American female Republican Congressperson; and Tim Scott, the first African-American Senator to serve in a former Confederate state.Learn more about Elections