Democrats take control of US House, GOP keeps Senate

TEHRAN, Nov. 07 (MNA) – Democrats took control of the US House of Representatives but lost ground in the Senate following a contentious campaign that President Donald trump worked to make all about him.

With some races still undecided, Democrats were headed for a gain of more than 30 seats, beyond the 23 they needed to claim their first majority in the 435-member House in eight years.

The results of Tuesday's vote mean that the Republicans no longer hold both wings of the US Congress, handing Mr Trump’s political opponents a stronger foothold in Washington from which to oppose his presidency. 

The elections have already made history, with a record number of women, Native Americans, and Muslim candidates running for office.

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar won in their Democrat-safe seats becoming the first Muslim congresswomen, while Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history as the youngest woman to join Congress.

Anna Eskamani was elected to Florida House District 47 Tuesday, becoming first elected Iranian-American to hold any elected office in the Sunshine state.

The Democrats now have the numbers to veto Mr Trump’s proposed laws in the House and launch a string of damaging investigations into his administration through the committees they will control. 

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