US midterm elections: Republicans hold the Senate, Democrats secure House victory

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As polling draws to a close and results pour in from across the United States, analysts say Republicans have retained control of the Senate and the Democrats have won the House of Representatives. The US midterm elections are widely seen as a referendum on the president.

As of 8:35am, the Democrats need nine more Republican seats to win the House.

Democrats seized control of the lower house of Congress in midterm elections, dealing a stern rebuke to Donald Trump almost two years into his presidency. Fox and NBC television networks called the result in the US House of Representatives, while confirming expectations that Trump’s Republicans will retain control of the Senate.

The result upends the balance of power in Washington, where Trump has enjoyed an easy ride from Republican dominance of both houses of Congress since his shock election in 2016.