** FILE ** Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer speaks about election ballots his campaign was challenging at a news conference at the state Republican Party headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores)
POINTED REMARKS: At a news conference Tuesday, President Obama likened the GOP to hostage-takers, hearkening back to his accusations that Republicans were holding middle-class tax cuts "hostage." (Associated Press)
Recent calls for a repeal of Obamacare serve as a reminder of the pressure Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, will be under from the various wings of the GOP if Republicans seize control of both chambers for the first time since 2006. (Associated Press)
Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (left) and presumed House Speaker-to-be Rep. John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, leave a news conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, basking in the afterglow of the huge GOP gains in the House, Senate and governorships. (Associated Press)
GOP Rep. Peter Hoekstra expects the next Republican chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to hold hearings on how the threat of prosecutions has affected the CIA's morale. (Associated Press)
STUMPING: Ryan L. Frazier (right), GOP candidate in Colorado's 7th Congressional District, chats with Andrew Bryce in Wheat Ridge, Colo. Minorities are running strongly as Republicans. (Associated Press)
Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, voted against advancing the bill that would have repealed "don't ask, don't tell" because Democrats would not agree to extend debate so that her GOP colleagues could weigh in on other issues. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Kelly Ayotte, celebrates with her husband, Joe Daley, after learning she won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Concord, N.H. The former state attorney general defeated tea-party-backed conservative Ovide Lamontagne in the GOP primary on Tuesday.
In Washington state, Clint Didier (shown), who lost the GOP senatorial primary to party favorite Dino Rossi despite the support of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, said Mr. Rossi must meet a list of policy demands before he will endorse him. ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH
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West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III (left), a Democrat, leads in polls for a Senate seat, but his GOP rival, businessman John Raese (right), has closed the gap. One analyst calls it a "race worth watching."