Balance of power in Congress: Republicans in control

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- "I think in a day when people were voting for change they didn't decide they wanted to change the Republican senate which I am proud of," Kentucky's senior Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said.

He was celebrating a sweeping GOP win on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon. Also, breathing a sigh of relief. He gets to keep his job as Senate Majority Leader. New York Senator Chuck Schumer was eying the role as Democrats worked to flip the Senate but with no success.

"It's a huge disappointment for Democrats that's no question," Simone Pathe, Senior Political Reporter at Roll Call said.

Pathe said a surprise loss came from the Wisconsin senate race between Russ Feingold and Ron Johnson a shock there in the race for President as well. In places like North Carolina and Missouri, where Pathe said Roy Blunt and Richard Burr ran not so great campaigns, they still walked away with a win. Meanwhile, over in the House.

"He turned politics on its head and now Donald Trump will lead a unified Republican government," Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI-1) said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said many of the candidates in the House rode Trump's coat-tails, giving them a much bigger house majority than they expected.

"They knew that they weren't going retake the House majority but they didn't to fall so short it looks like they'll have a net gain of about six seats," Pathe said.

So what should we expect in the 115th Congress?

"The question will really become how much they're able to get done with a Republican in the White House as well," she added.

Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill in less than one week.

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