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09:53, 08 November 2018

US mid-term election results 2018

AKIPRESS.COM - In a dramatic election night President Donald Trump's Republican Party retained control of the Senate and the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, BBC reported.

The Democrats gained more than the 23 seats they needed to take control of the House. It is the first time the party has held the majority in the lower house of Congress for eight years. The loss of the House will make it harder for President Trump to push his policies forward.

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Meanwhile, the Republicans have kept control of the Senate, the upper chamber of Congress, and will increase their majority. They gained Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota from the Democrats. The Democrats have only gained one Senate seat in Nevada.

However, not all Senate seats will have a final result on Wednesday. Voters in Mississippi will return to the polls later this month for a runoff, after no one candidate in the special election race took more than 50% of the vote.

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The 2018 mid-terms look set to be historical for voter turnout, as forecasts based on early voting suggest turnout will be as high as 47%.

This would be higher than any year since 1970.

Some 114 million votes were cast in the House in 2018, according to estimates by the New York Times, up from 83 million in 2014.

A record number of women representatives has been elected.

There will be more women in the House than in any previous year, while the total number of women in Congress overall will be at a record high after the mid-terms, overtaking the current tally of 107.


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