GOP Keeps Control of the House

Notable: Liz Cheney grabs dad's old seat for Wyoming
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2016 8:34 PM CST
Updated Nov 8, 2016 10:43 PM CST
Crist Wins, but GOP Keeps the House
In this Aug. 17, 2016 photo, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, right, listens to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman during a news conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. Crist is running as a Democrat for the US House of Representatives for the 13th District in Florida.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

(Newser) – An analyst declared days ago that "the race for the House is over," with "zero chance" of it going to the Dems, and it appears that prediction has now come to fruition. Both ABC News and NBC News have projected the GOP will keep control of the House of Representatives, effectively "extinguishing Democrats' hopes of a new progressive era in Washington," per Vox. Although there are some races still up in the air, it isn't expected those will have any significant effect in terms of handing control over to the Democrats, who needed to gain 30 seats to flip the current 247-188 majority.

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That’s not to say the GOP won't suffer losses: Per NBC, the party will lose between five and 20 seats "due in large part" to Donald Trump as its nominee. What may now be slipping out of Dems' grasp, thanks to this development: the chance to push through a climate change cap-and-trade bill, immigration reform, or a hike in the minimum wage, Vox reports. A notable win in the state of Florida, where it's a white-knuckle race on the presidential side: The AP projects former Gov. Charlie Crist, running as a Democrat, will defeat GOP Rep. David Jolly in the state's 13th District, per Roll Call. And Republican Liz Cheney, daughter of former VP Dick Cheney, won her dad's former House seat in Wyoming, per the AP. (Read more House of Representatives stories.)

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