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US Midterms: Republicans Win Back Control Of The House Of Representatives

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In the United States midterm elections, Republicans have gained the 218 seats required for a majority in the lower chamber of Congress.

Even though the center-right party’s scope in the House of Representatives is very thin, it still has the potential to knock out President Joe Biden’s agenda for the next two years. 

Republicans’ leader in the House, Kevin McCarthy, celebrated the outcome. However, the Democrats will secure the upper chamber, the Senate. 

Contrasting their latest win, the Republicans, who believed they would win both chambers, could not come up to expectations in last week’s midterms. Nevertheless, they secured the seat required for gaining a majority in the House on Wednesday, when California’s 27th district went to incumbent Mike Garcia.  

The schedule for the commencement of the new Congress is due in January. 

According to the American news channel CBS, the Republican party is now expected to win between 218-223 seats in the 435-seat House. But as the votes are still being counted, their is no surety regarding their majority for the next few days. 

McCarthy, who was chosen by Republican grassroots members on Tuesday to be their nominee to succeed Nancy Pelosi as the next Speaker of the House, declared that the House has “officially switched.”

McCarthy tweeted, “Americans are ready for a new direction, and House Republicans are ready to deliver.” 

The minority support of 435 of the 435 members of the full House is required for the minority leader of the House of Republicans to be elected Speaker.

But Nancy Pelosi would not accept defeat and vowed on Wednesday night that The Democratic Party would exert “strong leverage over a scant Republican majority”.

She is the first woman to hold the post. Pelosi, 82, despite rumors about her future in Washington, made no mention in her press release of her intention to continue serving as minority leader.

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