The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, November 3, 2010

By Jayson

Nov 3, 2010 3:30am

The Note's Must-Reads are a round-up of today's political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at www.abcnews.com

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants JAYCE HENDERSON, JACQUELINE NG FERNANDEZ AND MAGGY PATRICK

ELECTION 2010:
ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Republicans Win Control of House With Historic Gains” ABC News projects Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives picking-up between 60 and 70 seats in a resounding rebuke to President Obama and the Democrats. LINK

Politico’s Alexander Burns: “Republicans seize control of House” An insurgent Republican Party seized control of the House of Representatives Tuesday, capturing enough seats before midnight to secure a majority in the chamber even before returns came in from the West Coast. The Senate, will remain under Democratic control, just outside the GOP's reach. LINK

The Hill’s Emily Goodin: “Republican wave bigger than 1994” Republicans have swept control of House seats across the country, handing them control of the lower chamber. The GOP have won 59 Democratic-held seats while Democrats picked up two GOP seats, which gives the Republicans a net gain of 57 seats so far. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: “GOP bigs: If Republicans fail to win Senate, blame Tea Party & Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle” If Democrats keep control of the Senate, the Republicans can blame it on the Tea Party. "The Tea Party has helped in the House – [but] probably cost us the Senate," said longtime GOP campaign guru Stu Spencer. LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “G.O.P. Captures House, but Not Senate” Republicans captured control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday and expanded their voice in the Senate, riding a wave of voter discontent as they dealt a setback to President Obama just two years after his triumphal victory. LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty: “Once again, the electorate demanded a new start” There is no blunter way for voters to send a message. For the third election in a row, Americans kicked a political party out of power. So you would think that, by now, politicians in Washington would have gotten the message: They must be doing something wrong. LINK

Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter: “What’s Behind the Blowout” The Democrats got blown out in the midterms for three big reasons—abstraction, frustration, and communication, all three related to the worst economic times since the Great Depression. President Obama will have to deal with all three or he'll lose in 2012. LINK

USA Today’s Douglas Stanglin: “Election Day 2010: GOP wins House, Democrats retain Senate” Republicans, tapping into widespread anger over the ailing economy and disappointment with President Obama's leadership, wrested control of the House of Representatives from Democrats in Tuesday's midterm elections, but fell just short of winning the Senate. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS and Janet Adamy “A New Era May Be Marked by the Passing of a Gavel” Nowhere will the impact of Tuesday's Republican gains be clearer than in the likely passing of the speaker's gavel from a San Francisco liberal who banned smoking in part of the Capitol to the heavy-smoking conservative son of a Cincinnati bar owner. For Republican John Boehner, who looks poised to take the speaker's office of the House when his party likely takes control in January LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler and Jonathan Weisman “GOP Wins House in Huge Swing” Republicans won control of the House of Representatives late Tuesday, as voters dealt a stiff rebuke to President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in a historic wave that swept the GOP to power in states and districts across the country. LINK

Bloomberg’s Lisa Lerer and Catherine Dodge: “Republicans Claim U.S. House Majority and Make Gains in Senate” Republicans took control of the U.S. House and narrowed the Democrats’ hold on the Senate in U.S. midterm elections shaped by voter anxiety over jobs and the economy. Republicans gained House seats yesterday in pivotal races across the country, a rebuke to the domestic agenda of President Barack Obama. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jennifer Levitz, Cameron McWhirter and Douglas A. Blackmon: “As Races End, Tea Party Plans for Next Phase” Tea-party leaders, cheering as some of their movement's most prominent figures won U.S. Senate seats in Kentucky and Florida, said Tuesday's elections were only the beginning of their quest to transform government. "Things look good for tonight," said Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, an umbrella group that says it has 2,800 local affiliates around the country. "No one in this movement is stopping today. This is not an endgame. This is just a beginning." LINK

REGIONAL POLITICS:
The Denver Post’s Jeffrey Leib: “Riley leads in early RTD returns” In a key ballot contest for Regional Transportation District director, challenger Kenneth Riley, of Northglenn, had a solid lead Tuesday night over incumbent RTD director Noel Busck, a former Thornton mayor, in District K, which covers a large swath of Adams County. LINK

The Washington Times’ Valerie Richardson: “Reid overcomes Angle to keep Nevada Senate seat” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was projected as the winner early Wednesday in the hard-fought Nevada Senate race, beating back a formidable challenge from Republican Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle and overcoming his own high negatives with the voters. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Kim Murphy: “Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in bid gains steam” U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's unusual write-in bid to hold on to her Alaska Senate seat appeared to be gaining steam in early returns Tuesday, but analysts warned the state could be in for a long, close ballot count whose official outcome may remain unknown for weeks. LINK

The Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo, Lesley Clark and Mary Ellen Klas: “Rick Scott appears headed for statehouse with early morning lead over Alex Sink” Rick Scott rode a Republican wave toward a likely victory in the Florida governor's race Tuesday, amid discontent with President Barack Obama and a sense of desperation with an economy where one million people can't find work. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:
ABC News: “Sen. Jim DeMint: 'Slow Down, Stop Spending'” DeMint and Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell analyze the midterm election results. LINK

ABC News: “Are Republicans Taking Over Facebook?” Within the last two years, the website has seen a surge of support for the GOP. LINK

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