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Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

A NEW MAJORITY: Democrats capture control of the U.S. House of Representatives

The Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty has won con­trol of the Unit­ed States House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and will be able to pro­vide a much-need­ed check on Don­ald Trump’s pow­er begin­ning in just a few weeks, NBC News is pro­ject­ing.

Democ­rats were able to build a House major­i­ty by knock­ing out Repub­li­can incum­bents in a wide swath of states, from Vir­ginia to Penn­syl­va­nia to New York to New Jer­sey to Texas. NBC News made its pro­jec­tion before the dead­line to return bal­lots in Wash­ing­ton, Ore­gon, and Cal­i­for­nia, where Democ­rats are hop­ing to knock out even more Repub­li­can incum­bents — espe­cial­ly in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Because we still don’t have results in many juris­dic­tions, the size of the incom­ing major­i­ty isn’t clear, but the impor­tant thing is that con­trol of the House has flipped, and Democ­rats will be able to put an end to the days of a Repub­li­can Con­gress con­tin­u­al­ly doing Don­ald Trump’s bid­ding in the Unit­ed States Capi­tol.

The Repub­li­cans will still have con­trol of both cham­bers of Con­gress until ear­ly Jan­u­ary — when Repub­li­cans will be forced to turn over their gavels to the Democ­rats — so there are a few weeks left for them to inflict fur­ther dam­age on the coun­try by pass­ing destruc­tive leg­is­la­tion. How­ev­er, Democ­rats do retain the abil­i­ty in the Sen­ate to fil­i­buster leg­is­la­tion (at least for now), which could help foil Repub­li­can dreams of pass­ing bad bills dur­ing the lame duck ses­sion.

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