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President Donald Trump has hailed a “big victory” in US mid-term elections after Democrats seized the House of Representatives, while Republicans consolidated their grip on the Senate, BBC reports.

The Democratic majority in the lower chamber will be in a position to block Trump’s legislative programmes.

The Republicans, however, control the Senate to ensure that Trump can still make key appointments.



The vote was seen as a referendum on the President, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020.

The Republicans’ control of the Senate is arguably more significant, says the BBC’s Aleem Maqbool in Washington.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi promised that her party would serve as a counterweight to the White House.

Ms Pelosi – who is set to become Speaker, a position she held from 2007 to 2011 – told supporters, “Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans. It’s about restoring the constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration.”

Female candidates fared particularly well in an election cycle that had been billed as the Year of the Woman.

Two 29-year-old Democrats, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Abby Finkenauer,- are due to be the youngest women ever to win House seats.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women and Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland the first native American women to be elected to Congress. All are Democrats.

Ayanna Pressley was elected as Massachusetts’ first black congresswoman.

Governors – who head the executive branch in state governments – have been chosen in 36 out of 50 states.

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