The National Rifle Association spent at least $12 million -- and bestowed its endorsement on Republican nominee Mitt Romney at a Virginia rally -- in its unsuccessful bid to oust President Barack Obama.
Democrats failed to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives even though they won 1 million more votes than Republicans. The number of states backing Senate and presidential candidates of the same party grew to the largest in at least 60 years. And President Barack Obama made history by losing every county in West Virginia.
Rick Santorum pressed his attack against Mitt Romney, saying that on “key fronts of liberty” his opponent would be an inadequate choice to lead the charge against President Barack Obama as the two prime contenders for the Republican nomination battled for support in the Deep South.
The election that delivered control of the U.S. House of Representatives to Republicans was awash in numbers -- incumbents ousted, hundreds of millions in secret money, President Barack Obama ’s 45 percent approval rating.
For a member of the U.S. Congress, Republican or Democrat, the numbers could hardly look worse. Almost 8 in 10 Americans disapprove of lawmakers’ performance, and unemployment has been above 8 percent for 41 consecutive months.