Will the 2010 Election Change Anything?

Some pundits call the midterms a referendum on Obama; others say it's a choice between the two parties.

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Today is Election Day, and at stake is the balance of power in Washington and in state houses across the country, as Republican candidates threaten to unseat Democrats. With an unemployment rate reaching nearly 10 percent, a healthcare reform law characterized as overly costly and prescriptive by many critics, and an electorate dissatisfied with the direction of the country who say that President Obama has failed to make good on his campaign promises of "hope and change," pundits on the right and left acknowledge that many incumbents--Democrats particularly--could be in for a rude awakening come tomorrow morning. If Republicans succeed, they will break the one-party lock that Democrats have held on Washington since Obama's 2008 election. Some say they would be empowered to set new parameters for the remainder of Obama's term. " This is going to be a big day," says Rep. John Boehner, who is the likely House speaker if Republicans take control. "If you look at races around the country, I think we have a real opportunity to win the majority." [See a slide show of 11 hot races.]

What do you think? Regardless of today's outcome, will the next two years be any different? Take our poll and post your thoughts below.

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Previously: Was Jon Stewart's 'Rally to Restore Sanity' a Success?