Repub­li­cans keep con­trol of Congress

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

WASH­ING­TON: Both cham­bers of the US Congress are pro­jected to re­main un­der Repub­li­can con­trol when they con­vene on Jan 3, with vot­ers yes­ter­day dash­ing Democrats’ hopes of tak­ing over the Se­nate while keep­ing the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Repub­li­can hands.

A few Se­nate races were still un­de­cided, but pro­jec­tions by ma­jor media or­gan­i­sa­tions in­di­cated that Democrats no longer had a prob­a­ble path to­wards cap­tur­ing con­trol of the 100-seat Se­nate.

So far, Democrats had suc­ceeded in gain­ing only one seat from Repub­li­cans, in Illi­nois, where US Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tammy Duck­worth de­feated Se­na­tor Mark Kirk. Democrats needed to pick up a net five seats to take Se­nate con­trol.

Repub­li­cans cam­paigned on an agenda that shunned com­pre­hen­sive im­mi­gra­tion re­form and op­posed the na­tional health­care pro­gramme known as Oba­macare, gun con­trol and ex­panded en­vi­ron­men­tal and fi­nan­cial reg­u­la­tions.

In the Se­nate, Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, a Ken­tucky Repub­li­can, was ex­pected to re­main at his post for two years.

On the House side, Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wis­con­sin Repub­li­can, could face a di­vided party and a con­tentious bat­tle in his re-elec­tion bid in Jan­uary.

Repub­li­cans also ex­tended their ma­jor­ity of US gov­er­nor­ships yes­ter­day as 12 states voted for chief ex­ec­u­tives, though the high-pro­file race in North Carolina was too close to call and the out­come may not be known un­til next week.

Repub­li­cans picked up seats in Mis­souri and Ver­mont in races that had been con­sid­ered tossups. A win­ner had not been de­clared as of early yes­ter­day in the race in New Hamp­shire.

Repub­li­cans also gained a ma­jor­ity in Ken­tucky’s state House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the last Demo­cratic-held cham­ber in the South. – Agen­cies

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