A University of Southern Mississippi historian is already putting the 2014 midterm elections into historical perspective.
Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes said the results weren't surprising and it's another example of how the American electorate is evenly divided, much as it was in the latter part of the 19th century.
And he said the bottom line is that neither Democrats nor Republicans can count on staying in power for long.
"Whichever party happens to be up at the particular moment cannot sit back on its laurels and take for granted that they will be entitled or able to win a majority in the next election," Kyriakoudes said. "This is very much like the situation in the 1880s over a century ago, when American politics also was very evenly divided," he said.
He also said it will be interesting to see if last night's losses cause divisions within the Democratic Party.