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Midterms result in a divided Congress

November 7, 2018 by NCC Staff


After a heavy turnout in the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats won control of the House of Representatives, while the Republicans will keep control of the Senate.

Heading into Tuesday's election, political watchers had expected the House to change hands based on polling data and Republicans were given a strong chance to maintain their Senate majority.

As of early Wednesday morning, the vote count was 219-193 for the Democrats in the House and 51-46 for the Republicans in the Senate, with several races still undecided, as reported by the Associated Press. And very close races could be subject to recounts.

In gubernatorial elections nationwide, the Republicans were expected to lose some governor's races after heading into the midterm with 33 GOP governors. According to the National Governors' Association, 36 states had contested gubernatorial races in 2018, with Republican seats contested in 26 states.

As of early Wednesday, the Republicans led with 25 gubernatorial seats, with three races undecided, according to the AP.

A record number of women will be in the House of Representatives next January, possibly with a total of 100 representatives after the ballots are tallied. For the first time, two Native American and Muslim women will join Congress, and Young Kim, a Republican from California, is leading in her race to join the House as its first Korean-American woman representative.


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