3 November 2010
Last updated at 12:15 ET
Americans headed to the polls in mid-term elections which, as predicted, ended in a grim night for President Barack Obama's Democratic Party.
All 435 members of the House of Representatives faced the voters, plus 37 senators, and 37 state governors.
The politically conservative movement, the Tea Party, celebrated a number of high-profile successes.
Rand Paul, a Tea Party favourite, held the open Kentucky Senate seat for the Republicans.
Another Tea Party-backed Republican, Marco Rubio, took Florida's bitterly contested Senate seat.
The race was a disaster for once-popular Charlie Crist, who took the gamble of quitting as Florida's governor to run for the Senate.
Arkansas's Blanche Lincoln is one of the most moderate Democratic senators, but that was not enough to save her this year.
Re-elected Texas Governor Rick Perry deployed some political jujitsu to beat a strong challenge from former Houston mayor Bill White. Most newspapers in the Lone Star state endorsed White. But Perry leapt on the anti-incumbent band wagon.
Republicans had hoped to claim Vice-President Joe Biden's former Senate seat in Delaware, but Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell may have been too conservative to win there. Christopher Coons chalked up the seat for the Democrats.
West Virginia governor Joe Manchin was more successful in his Senate bid. He held a crucial seat for the Democrats - after vowing independence from President Barack Obama during the campaign.
Republican supporters celebrated at election night parties across the states.
House Republican Leader John Boehner shed tears during his speech at a Republican election night rally in Washington.
With unemployment in the state hovering above 14%, Nevada should have been an open goal for the Republicans. But Harry Reid held his seat against a challenge from Tea Party-backed challenger Sharron Angle.