Ebullient Democrats declared victory as months of brutal campaigning yielded one big prize they had been fighting for Tuesday night: control of the House of Representatives in the next session of Congress, under the first female Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. With results projected in most races, the Democrats were set to win key battles in Connecticut, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Arizona, capitalizing on anger against the war in Iraq, Republican scandals and a broad anti-incumbent sentiment.
With momentum at their backs, Democrats were set to claim a gain of between 20 and 35 seats, well beyond the 15 they needed to take control. That in turn will give Pelosi a mandate for change to launch the kind of tough anti-GOP agenda the White House and their Republican allies on the Hill had feared. “The campaign is over,” Pelosi shouted on election night, grinning with confidence in front of hundreds of roaring supporters blocks from the Capitol in Washington D.C. “Democrats are ready to lead!” A hoarse Rep. Rahm Emanuel, head of the Democratic.