Voters in the United States took to the polls on Tuesday, casting ballots in midterm elections that could return control of the Senate to Republicans. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Republicans are hoping for a wave election that could put control of the Senate in their hands as voters head to the polls across the country. In the Southern California coastal community of Manhattan Beach, some are putting down surf boards to cast ballots. Analysts predict that Republicans are poised to make gains, and possibly even recapture control of the U.S. Senate. But with politicians in low standing all around, even those who hope for a Republicans takeover have doubts. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VANCE ULRICH, LOCAL VOTER, SAYING: "Well, I'm more socially liberal but fiscally conservative so I'd like to see the Senate go to the Republican side, frankly. So, I don't know, that's what I would like to see happen. Although who knows what will happen if they get it. If Republicans get both houses and they squander it like they have been doing then it won't do any good, it will just make everybody look bad. So, I'm really a little bit disgruntled with the whole process to tell you the truth, just all in-fighting and the politics just, I'm fed up with it all, basically." Voters are expected to hand Republicans more seats in the Senate. But polls show eight to 10 races are still toss-ups and it is unclear whether they can gain the six seats they need to control the chamber. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PAUL SIEGEL, VOTER, SAYING: "It's a turning point as to which way the government goes, and as to who controls the House and Senate. And it's important to me and it's important to everybody." Seizing the Senate would give Republicans control of both chambers of Congress. The White House is playing down the prospect of sharp changes in strategy after the election, saying the President would seek common ground with Congress on areas like trade and infrastructure.