Republicans were set to win enough seats to take control of the US House of Representatives, networks projected, and made big Senate gains in an electoral rout of President Barack Obama's Democrats on Tuesday.
Here are some notable quotes from the evening:
Republican Rand Paul, after winning the Kentucky Senate race, on bringing Tea Party ideals to Washington:
"Tonight, there's a Tea Party tidal wave, and we're sending a message to 'em. It's a message that I will carry with me on day one. It's a message of fiscal sanity. It's a message of limited, constitutional government and balanced budgets"
Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Fox News, offering advice to Obama:
"He is the one who is going to have start coming more to the center of America, towards some middle ground, instead of staying on that extreme far left that has driven us to where we are today. Tonight I think we're going to see that message sent to him."
Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle to local media accusing her of avoiding the press in the days leading up to the election, as reported by ABC News:
"Well you just haven't been in the right places, I guess."
Chris Van Hollen, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman, at Democratic Party national headquarters before polls closed:
"Millions of voters around the country are proving the Washington pundits absolutely wrong. You see high levels of energy on the Democratic side ...
"All this talk that we heard from Washington trying to project the outcome of this election ... this thing is not over, the voters are sending the opposite message."
Verne Martell, spotted by The New York Times voting for his wife and senator, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who is running a write-in campaign to keep her seat but has worried voters would face a spelling problem:
"Hon, how do you spell your last name?"