Republican Blake Farenthold has finally been declared the winner in an extremely tight race in Texas Congressional District 27. His defeat of career politician and seemingly invincible Solomon Ortiz (first elected to the House in 1983) represents one of the most stunning of political upsets and one which reveals just how powerful the Tea Party sentiments are among American voters.
Farenthold's victory also brings to 62 the number of House gains for the Republicans in this election.
Four others are yet to be decided with Republican Ann Marie Buerkle's bid to take over New York's 25th District looking particularly probable.
The elephant is happy.