Across the United States, netw0rk-news writers are shoving reports of the 2014 US Midterm-Election results down ever-deeper into their "Old News" bins
But the current Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), doesn't want anyone to forget it.
The fact that Joni Erenst (R-IA) would serve as the 1st female US Senator in Iowa history meant all $285,000,000 invested into Republican Senatorial campaigns this election paid off.
The Erenst victory was also important for another, more pivotal reason; the former Iowa National Guard Lieutenant Colonel's election meant big changes were coming not only in Iowa, but in every state across the nation.
Joni was the Republican Party's lucky number 7 in the Senate, tipping the balance of Congressional power fully into Republican hands for the first time in a solid decade.
However, taking control of a Congressional House is--by definition--no single-handed job. Republican Senate-hopefuls had to claim 6 other tooth-and-nail victories before securing the majority spot.
Here's a quick run-down of them all:
1) Tom Cotton (R) defeats two-term incumbent, Mark Pryor (D) in Arkansas.
2) Cory Gardner (R) unseats Colorado incumbent Mark Udall (D).
3) After incumbent Senator Walsh (D) drops-out late in campaign season, Steve Daines (R) claims easy victory in Montana.
4) Thom Tillis (R) upsets incumbent Senator Kay Hagan (D) in North Carolina nail-bitter.
5) Mike Rounds (R) rallies up from dismal October polls, drops-jaws after taking 51.6% of votes in South Dakota.
6) Natalie Tennant (D) completely routed by landslide-victor, Shelley Capito (R) in race for West Virginia's open seat.
While Mitch McConnell anxiously ticks off the days till he trades titles with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), most Americans only hope that the Republican surge means temporary relief from the seemingly endless political gridlock in Washington. Will the Republicans now be able to fulfill their promise to improve our economy; and if so, will Democrats be able to rebound in 2016?