The morning after the GOP gave a collective shout of victory and Democrats retreated to lick their wounds, leaders in both parties vowed to set the mudslinging aside to try and find a compromise on the economy, tax cuts and job creation.
"It's clear tonight who the winners really are," U.S. Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, said during his victory speech Tuesday night. "And that's the American people."
Despite promises of cooperation, both parties seemed today to be eyeing their opponents warily.
Boehner, poised to replace California Rep. Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House when the new Congress convenes in January, received a phone call just after midnight from President Obama, who offered both congratulations and an offer of cooperation between the parties.
One of those seats stayed with powerhouse Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, whose 40 years in office had been strongly challenged by Tea Party activist Sharron Angle. Reid also got a call from Obama after the results came in.
"I think this is a time when we need to look at what happened," he told "Good Morning America." "Anytime you have a new president in a time of urgency as President Obama found himself at the beginning of the last Congress … there's a lot we have to do. We found ourselves in a big hole from the previous eight years."
It's also a time, he said, to move on.
"We all know that our majority is smaller than what it was, but I hope that the leader of the Republicans ... will understand that we have to work together," Reid said. "Just saying no doesn't do the trick."
Obama is scheduled to speak today on the election results at 1 p.m. from the East Room at the White House. Obama's policies, especially on the economy and healthcare, were widely blamed for voter shift this year.
It was a change of heart that meant big wins for the Tea Party. Propelled in seemingly equal parts by voter dissatisfaction, headline-making statements and powerhouse Sarah Palin, the Tea Party notched wins for Rand Paul in Kentucky and Marco Rubio in Florida.
The Tea Party movement also failed in Delaware, where Christine O'Donnell -- one of the most outspoken Tea Party activists in the country -- lost by double digits to Democrat Christopher Coons in Vice President Joe Biden's old Senate seat.
O'Donnell today blamed her loss in part on the mainstream GOP's initial refusal to back her candidacy after she pulled off an upset in the September primary.
"I think the only thing that really would have made a difference is if the Delaware GOP would have unified," she told "Good Morning America" today.
"We spent the good four weeks after the campaign reaching out to many Delaware prominent Republicans," she said. "By the time we got their support we had two weeks left."
Though O'Donnell wasn't on the winning side of what some have dubbed the "Palin effect" the former Alaskan governor saw six of her 11 endorsed candidates for governor walk away with win -- including Rubio, who she called "maverick-y" -- and 21 so far out of 41 House candidates.
The makeup of the Senate and House majorities are already cemented, but several races across the country are still too close to call.