The Democratic Party is set to take control of the United States House of Representatives, following the country’s midterm elections Tuesday. The Republican Party will keep its majority in the U.S. Senate.
Republicans had gained control of both the Senate and the House in the 2016 elections. The election is called the midterm because it comes in the middle of the president’s four-year term. Midterm elections are historically difficult for the party that holds the presidency.
Americans voted to fill all 435 seats in the House, and 35 of the 100 Senate seats. Americans also voted to fill many local offices, including governorships, and to decide important local issues.
Political experts had mostly expected the Democrats’ win of the House. Democrats, however, did not see the success they had hoped for in some of the closely competitive Senate and gubernatorial races. In fact, they lost ground in the Senate.
Democrats’ hopes of winning the Senate majority as part of a so-called “blue wave” were ended after losses in Indiana, Texas, Tennessee and North Dakota. The color blue traditionally represents the Democratic Party. Red represents the Republican Party.
Democrats needed to win 23 Republican-held seats in the House of Representatives to gain a majority. They picked up more than 30.
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