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Republicans Keep Senate Control, Democrats Control House

Wednesday, November 07, 2018
AP/David J. Phillip

ALAN FRAM,  Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Triumphant Republicans retained control of the Senate on Tuesday with relatively little suspense, ousting Democratic incumbents in Indiana, North Dakota and Missouri.

Republicans held onto seats in the South, Midwest and West and ensured at least a 51-49 Senate, the same margin by which they currently run the chamber.

The significance of the GOP victory in the Senate, which the party has controlled for the past four years, was magnified because Democrats stand a solid chance of wresting control of the House from the Republicans.

Democrats picked up the 23 seats they would need to take from the GOP, but were still short of the 218 total to wrest control with more races still undecided.

Women were assured of 85 seats in the House, a record.

Republicans entered the night commanding the Senate only narrowly, 51-49. But a crucial piece of math was in their favor: The Democrats and their two independent allies were defending 26 seats, Republicans just nine.

Tuesday's midterm elections were among the most contentious in years.