Democrats Win Control of U.S. House of Representatives
Democrats went into election night needing a net gain of 23 seats to gain the majority (218 or more seats) in the U.S. House. As of noon ET on Wednesday, November 7, Democrats have won 221 House seats and Republicans have won 195 seats, with 19 races yet to be called. Though each race is determined by its own unique factors, it is noteworthy that Democratic candidates fared well in suburban districts across the country. The House Democratic majority in the next Congress is projected to be between 229 and 234 seats.
Republicans Expand Majority in the U.S. Senate
Republicans held a 51-49 majority in the Senate prior to last night’s election. Thus far, the GOP has posted a net gain of 2 seats in the upper chamber, having defeated incumbent Democratic Senators in Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota. Several news outlets have called the Senate race in Florida for the Republican Rick Scott, though Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) is asking for a recount. These were all states that President Trump won in 2016. Democrats flipped a Republican held seat in Nevada, and the race in Arizona is yet to be called. Control of a Mississippi seat that is expected to remain in Republican hands will be determined in a late November run-off election. As a result, Republicans are expected to control between 52 and 54 seats in the Senate, depending on the final outcome of the elections in Florida, Mississippi and Arizona.