Republicans seemed near to gaining the majority in the House of Representatives, while it appeared a December runoff might be required to determine which party controls the Senate.
In the House, the GOP led the Democrats 204-176 in seats won as of 1:45 p.m. CST Wednesday, according to reporting by The New York Times based on results from The Associated Press. The Senate was deadlocked at 48 seats each, with winners yet to be declared in four races, according to the report.
Race calls in the House leave Republicans 14 short of the 218 seats needed to take the majority from the Democrats. In the Senate, the GOP needs to win three of the races for a majority. Democrats require only two victories to maintain a majority by virtue of Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote as president of the Senate.
The narrow margins from the congressional voting Tuesday (Nov. 8) proved unexpected following predictions of a strong Republican showing. [Read more…]