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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

US midterm elections: Five key takeaways

The US midterms are almost over.

Key points:

  • The Democrats are predicted to win the popular vote
  • The party has won control of the House of Representatives
  • But Republications have tightened their grip on the Senate

There are a few final races still to be called, but we now know the shape of the US Congress for the next two years.
Republicans held the Senate. Democrats claimed the House.
If you missed all the news from election night, let's get you up to speed.
Here are five things you need to know about what happened in the 2018 midterm elections.

1. About that 'blue wave'…

It became pretty clear early in the night that a "blue wave" was never going to materialise for the Democrats in terms of House and Senate seats.
Granted, the consensus among experts in the final weeks started to shift away from the talk of a Democratic sweep (in fact the end result was what most predicted).\

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