House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., looking at big loss
WASHINGTON – The GOP has easily retained control of the House of Representatives and may end up with its largest majority since the Great Depression.
With Republicans winning a majority in the Senate, the GOP will have control over both chambers of Congress for the first time since 2006.
All 435 House seats were up for grabs, but Republicans had won the 218 races needed to remain in the majority shortly after 11:40 p.m. EST.
As of 2 a.m EST, the GOP had won 238 races and the Democrats had won 167, with 30 to be decided.
Prior to the election, Republicans held 233 seats, Democrats had 199 and three were open.
Fox News projected the GOP would pick up about 12 seats.
That would give the GOP 245 members in the House and its biggest majority since 1946.
Republicans had set a goal of 245, which would be three more than the 242 seats they held after the tea-party fueled victory in 2010.
If Republicans go on to gain 13 seats, they will have their biggest majority since 1932.
For most of the campaign, the nonpartisan and highly respected Cook Report had predicted of a GOP gain of four to 10 seats. But, in the last week, Cook revised its projection to a GOP gain of six to 12 seats, with slightly larger gains not out of the question.
As evidence of a possible late-breaking GOP trend, David Wasserman, editor of House races for the Cook Report, cited three incumbent Democrats in New York whose races slipped into the toss-up category: Reps. Tim Bishop, Sean Patrick Maloney and Dan Maffei.
And, in fact, Democratic fears were largely realized, as Bishop was trounced by Republican Lee Zeldin, 55 percent to 45 percent; Maloney won a narrow victory by one percent; and Republican John Katko throttled Maffei with a whopping 20 point win.
Written by GARTH KANT
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