Democrats snatch House of Representatives from Republicans in US mid-terms
The Democrats on Tuesday snatched the majority in the US House of Representatives from the Republicans in the midterm elections, according to projections by major national television channels.
With polling stations across the west coast of the country barely closed, estimates point at a Democrats’ victory in the lower house, achieving at least the 23 seats that were needed to take the House from Republican control.
Despite the lack of a broader recount throughout the country, Democrats have already snatched at least a dozen seats in the House of Representatives from the Republicans and are likely to reach at least another ten.
In Virginia, current Republican congresswoman Barbara Comstock lost her seat for the 10th district of the state to Democrat Jennifer Wexton.
That race, in a suburban district of northern Virginia that Hillary Clinton won by 10 percentage points in 2016, was considered fundamental to Republican hopes of maintaining control of the lower house.
In Florida, the Democrat Donna Shalala took over the seat of the 27th district from Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen who occupied it since 1989 and who retired this year as well; while Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell defeated conservative congressman Carlos Curbelo in the 26th district.
The Republicans had until now an advantage of 235 seats to 193 in the House, with seven vacant seats.
The Democrats are expecting to achieve similar results to the 2006 elections when they won 31 seats occupied by the Republican Party amid voter discontent with then-President George W. Bush and the Iraq war.