There were celebratory hugs and champagne toasts too:
They're not laughing anymore:
Freshman Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.), who lost her reelection bid, wiped away tears as she hugged fellow members of the class of 2008, many of whom lost on Nov. 2.Pardon me as I make no effort to conceal my elation
Less than three feet away, ousted Nevada freshman Rep. Dina Titus (D) appeared to brush away some tears in a less obvious manner.
The mood was much different on the other side of the aisle.
Joyful House GOP lawmakers, who will take control of the House in January with at least 85 new members, made no effort to conceal their elation.
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