Elections 2016: Republicans retain US House and Senate
US House of Representatives was held by the Republican party for a second term while the race for Senate is progressing in a tight gripped manner.
Republican party held US house since 2011. Of 435 seats in the House, they won 231 seats already where 218 was the magic number needed to win. Democrats won 175, way behind their rivals.
The House went to the election with Republicans holding 246 seats to the Democrats’ 186. The Republican leader of the House, Paul Ryan was re-elected to the position on Tuesday.
Democrats’ leader was Nancy Pelosi of California.
Every House members serve two years and they all are up for elections after two year’s period. If elected, Hillary will face a huge opposition in House to get her agenda through. For a Trump victory, which is very likely, it will create problems for Barack Obama’s health reforms.
After a tight race, Republicans retained US Senate also winning with 51 seats which are required to rule the body. Voting is still going on for the last two seats. Democrats won 47 improving hemselves with winning 3 more compared to last time.
Republicans entered the race with 54 led by Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell. Democrats had 44. Two seats were held by independents.
Each senator serves six years in Senate with a third going for re-election in two years. Senate requires 60 votes to advance major reforms and initiatives.