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As the senior political strategist in the White House, Karl Rove tried to make the recent U.S. mid-term election a "choice" not a "referendum." It was a last-ditch effort to hold off the Democrats, but it failed miserably. In the end, American voters treated the election as referendum on the Bush administration –and they made their voices known.

     The Democrats captured 24 of the 33 Senate seats that were contested. They also received 53 percent of the two-party vote. Voters were not only looking for a change of direction in Iraq, but the end of 12 years of Republican rule in Congress.


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