WASHINGTON: The Republican Party has secured a majority in the US Senate in mid-term elections, in a punishing blow to the US President Barack Obama.
The mid-term polls were held in the United States on Tuesday for a third of the 100-seats of the Senate, all 435 members of the House of Representatives and 36 state governors.
The elections results showed that the Republican Party, which needed to gain just six seats to take control of the 100-member Senate, picked up at least seven Senate seats.
The Republicans won seats in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia.
The outcome foreshadows a tougher final two years for President Obama under a greater Republican power and influence in Washington.
The analysts believe that the poll is a referendum on the policies of the president who has lately been facing a low approval rating which was mostly driven by concern over Obama’s economic record.