ABC News' Sherisse Pham and John R. Parkinson report:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told supporters that tonight’s win for Republicans and Americans is long overdue.
“Too much spending, too much debt, too many Washington takeovers,” McConnell said. “What we’re sensing tonight is a huge sense of buyer’s remorse across America.”
McConnell, R-Kentucky, addressed a group of cheering GOP supporters gathered to watch the election results at a hotel in downtown Washington. Though he did not offer specific numbers, McConnell predicted significant Republican gains across the board.
After thanking individuals for working tirelessly on campaigns across the country, McConnell boasted, “I’m going to be the leader of a large army after tonight.”
Mississippi governor and chairman of the Republican Governors Association Haley Barbour echoed McConnell’s cheery sentiment, telling the crowd tonight’s win will be an historical one.
“Y’all have fun tonight,” he told a jubilant crowd. “Get ready for a big ride.”
Barbour, who was Republican National Committee chairman during the Republican takeover of Congress in the midterm elections in 1994, recalled the landslide gains the party made then. The stakes for this election, Barbour told the celebratory crowd, are higher and predicted the start of an enduring GOP wave.
“You’re going to have a great number of years in the majority,” the governor said. “I don’t know how many years but it will be more than two.”
Barbour said the American people have now given House Republicans clear instructions on how to get the country back on the right track.
Central to those instructions, according to John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is eliminating Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
“Every major news organization…have now declared their projection, [it] is the Republicans will take over the House of Representatives and we will retire Nancy Pelosi once and for all.”