Gerald Seib | Tough Loss Leaves GOP at a Crossroads

A campaign year that began with great hope for Republicans, who had ample reason to think they could finish Election Night in full control of all Washington’s levers of power, instead ended Tuesday night with the GOP in a cloud of gloom.

A Democratic president who ran with the national unemployment near or above 8% for most of the year, and with a job-approval rating below the 50% mark, managed to win another term anyway.

A golden opportunity for Republicans to take over the Senate slipped away, despite the fact the map presented the party with a target-rich field of opportunities to make gains.

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