U.S midterm elections: Republicans seize control of Senate

The Republican Party took control of the U.S Senate, wresting half-a-dozen seats from Democrats in the midterm elections, which could remake the political landscape for President Barack Obama in final two years in office.

Republicans won Senate seats from Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia — one more than the six they needed to take the chamber and  expanded their margin in the House—possibly to levels not seen in decades—and won key governor races. The sweep left Democrats without a majority in either chamber for the first time since 2006.

The election shaped by widespread voter discontent with Obama could complicate his last two years in office, reducing his room to maneuver but also potentially opening new areas for compromise.