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Republicans Retain Control Of House Of Representatives

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Republicans will retain control of the House of Representatives, based on early projected results, but how big of a lead they'll have remains to be determined.

As of 10 p.m. EST, the GOP led Democrats in the House 129 to 100, with 218 needed to have the majority

ABC and CNN both projected the GOP will keep the House, which was an expected result, even with Republican presidential nominee believed to have been a drag on down-ticket voting for the party, according to the Boston Globe.

Democrats would have needed to win every available seat to pull away with a majority.

The GOP put extra importance on keeping the majority in the House in the event that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton manages to win the presidency.

“We need to have a healthy majority and a strong majority," Republican House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin told The Wall Street Journal's editorial page, according to ABC News. "If we have a razor-thin majority, then every vote can be problematic. Every vote on everything can be difficult."

Sources: ABC News, Boston Globe / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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