Split Decision: Democrats Take House, Republicans Expand Senate Majority
Driven by big gains in wealthy suburbs and in districts won by Hillary Clinton in 2016, Democrats lived up to pre-election expectations and won back the House of Representatives on Tuesday, winning a net of 26 House seats as of the publication of this post.
However, Republicans took advantage of an extremely favorable Senate map and expanded their majority in the upper chamber, likely flipping Democrat-controlled seats as of 5:00 AM Eastern Time on November 7, solidifying their hold on the Senate and the ability to appoint federal judges.
A Democratic House Majority
Democrats were able to leverage the President’s unpopularity and a roster of strong candidates to take back the House, sending a wave of women to Congress and turning many of the country’s wealthy suburbs blue.
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