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Republicans win control of both houses of US Congress — reports

November 05, 2014, 8:51 UTC+3 WASHINGTON
The Republicans will head all the committees in both houses and define the legislative agenda of the US
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The Republicans have won most of the seats in the Senate at midterm elections on November 4 and also widened their majority in the House of Representatives
The Republicans have won most of the seats in the Senate at midterm elections on November 4 and also widened their majority in the House of Representatives
The Republicans have won most of the seats in the Senate at midterm elections on November 4 and also widened their majority in the House of Representatives
© AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall
Photo:  Republican leader Mitch McConnell at the voting precinct at Bellarmine University in Louisville, US, November 4, 2014
Photo:  Republican leader Mitch McConnell at the voting precinct at Bellarmine University in Louisville, US, November 4, 2014
Photo: Republican leader Mitch McConnell at the voting precinct at Bellarmine University in Louisville, US, November 4, 2014
© AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
The Republicans have won Senate seats in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia, which were earlier held by the Democrats
The Republicans have won Senate seats in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia, which were earlier held by the Democrats
The Republicans have won Senate seats in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia, which were earlier held by the Democrats
© AP Photo/Charlie Riedel
In the US state of Kentucky, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell defeated Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes
In the US state of Kentucky, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell defeated Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes
In the US state of Kentucky, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell defeated Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes
© AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Overall, 36 of the 100 Senate seats were at stake
Overall, 36 of the 100 Senate seats were at stake
Overall, 36 of the 100 Senate seats were at stake
© AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
The results of the elections mean that the new Congress, which is due to convene in January, will be fully controlled by the Republicans, who will head all the committees in both houses and define the legislative agenda
The results of the elections mean that the new Congress, which is due to convene in January, will be fully controlled by the Republicans, who will head all the committees in both houses and define the legislative agenda
The results of the elections mean that the new Congress, which is due to convene in January, will be fully controlled by the Republicans, who will head all the committees in both houses and define the legislative agenda
© AP Photo/Chuck Burton
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The Republicans have won most of the seats in the Senate at midterm elections on November 4 and also widened their majority in the House of Representatives
© AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall
Photo: Republican leader Mitch McConnell at the voting precinct at Bellarmine University in Louisville, US, November 4, 2014
© AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
The Republicans have won Senate seats in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia, which were earlier held by the Democrats
© AP Photo/Charlie Riedel
In the US state of Kentucky, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell defeated Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes
© AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Overall, 36 of the 100 Senate seats were at stake
© AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
The results of the elections mean that the new Congress, which is due to convene in January, will be fully controlled by the Republicans, who will head all the committees in both houses and define the legislative agenda
© AP Photo/Chuck Burton

WASHINGTON, November 5. /TASS/. The Republicans have won most of the seats in the Senate at Tuesday’s midterm elections and also widened their majority in the House of Representatives, US media reports said on Wednesday citing exit polls.

The Republicans have won Senate seats in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia, which were earlier held by the Democrats.

In the US state of Kentucky, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell defeated Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. In January, he is set to become the majority leader in the Senate.

Overall, 36 of the 100 Senate seats were at stake Tuesday. Until now, the Democrats had 53 seats while the Republicans had 45 seats, and two seats belonged to independent senators.

The results of the elections mean that the new Congress, which is due to convene in January, will be fully controlled by the Republicans, who will head all the committees in both houses and define the legislative agenda.

Such a prospect will create serious difficulties for US President Barack Obama during the next two years of his presidency.

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