Senate Democrats have a problem called Robert Menendez. It may mean the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which the lawmaker heads, will be unable to play an important and much-needed role of overseer.
Democratic Senator Jim Webb of Virginia said it’s a “big question mark” whether President Barack Obama will be able to carry his state again in this year’s election because Obama’s handling of the health-care overhaul harmed his credibility.
President Barack Obama won the former Republican stronghold of Virginia for a second time, buoyed by strong voter turnout among newer residents populating the Democratic-leaning suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Democrats retained control of the U.S. Senate by holding on to crucial seats in Virginia, Montana and Missouri, capturing the Indiana seat held by a retiring Republican and ousting a Republican in Massachusetts, where Elizabeth Warren beat incumbent Scott Brown.
With the negative ads that marked the contest between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney gone from the airwaves, succeeding them are spots focused on a different political battle: the so-called fiscal cliff.