Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said last night’s results prove “the American people have put their trust in the Republican Party.”
The GOP picked up at least seven seats in the Senate, with Louisiana going to a runoff.
“Our party’s principles and message resonated with voters across the country. This was a rejection of President Obama’s failed polices and Harry Reid’s dysfunctional Senate,” Priebus said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) issued a brief statement after the sweep.
“I’d like to congratulate Senator McConnell, who will be the new Senate Majority Leader. The message from voters is clear: they want us to work together,” Reid said. “I look forward to working with Senator McConnell to get things done for the middle class.”
Priebus said that by “investing early across this country, the RNC was able to provide critical support to our candidates and campaigns.”
“The RNC has been involved in communities across this country, building relationships and listening to voters. We built an unprecedented data and digital operation, allowing us to reach voters and equip a winning ground game,” the chairman said.
“Republicans have been given the opportunity to lead the country in a better direction, and the Republican House and Senate are ready to listen to the American people. We hope President Obama will too. It’s time to get to work on creating jobs, expanding American energy development, pursuing real healthcare reform, reducing spending, reining in the federal government, and keeping America safe.”
Republican gained House seats, from 234 in the 113th Congress to 242 in the next — their largest House number since the 1946 election.
Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) preferred to focus on the positives for her party, issuing congratulating statements to Gov.-elect Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
“As the only woman to serve as both Governor and United States Senator, Senator Shaheen has a strong record fighting for New Hampshire’s families and small businesses and working to expand opportunities for all Americans,” Wasserman Schultz said.
“I’m proud New Hampshire voters affirmed they want leaders who will put commonsense solutions ahead of special interests and that New Hampshire is never a consolation prize for a political opportunist,” she added in a dig at former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown.
Wasserman Schultz also lauded her own re-election.
“I am truly grateful for the support that I received today and I am honored to continue to represent my constituents in the 23rd Congressional District,” she said. “I am looking forward to continuing to represent our community in our nation’s capital and will work everyday to stand up for the families of South Florida. There is much left to accomplish, and I look forward to working with both sides of the aisle to focus on our top priorities – creating jobs, improving our economy and helping more people succeed.”