GOP keeps Senate control as Democrats fall short

Thibodeau, who narrowly won his rematch against Democrat Jonathan Fulford for the Waldo County Senate seat, said Wednesday morning that despite several towns not yet having reported their election tallies, there is little question about the 18-17 balance. The Republican majority could rise to 53 when results from two additional races are confirmed.

McCrory remained locked in a race with Democrat Roy Cooper that remained too close to call early Wednesday.

No Democratic incumbent had lost by early today. They now hold a 59-41 advantage in the chamber after defeating one Democratic incumbent and winning an open seat previously held by a Democrat.

Democrat Dianne M. Daniels received 7,116 votes and Republican Dianne Slopak received 4,977 votes for registrar of voters.

Moving into 2017, Congress faces a fresh round of budget legislation plus the need to renew the government's borrowing authority or face an economy-jarring federal default.

People visit Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 8, 2016, on election day. Trump generally sees eye to eye with Republicans in Congress in calling for major tax cuts, including those for the wealthy, although details of their plans are not an exact match.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Elated congressional Republicans pledged swift action Wednesday on President-elect Donald Trump's agenda as they heralded an extraordinary new era of unified GOP control in Washington.

Trump has called Obamacare a "disaster" and vowed to repeal and replace it. House Republicans have already voted more than 50 times to repeal all or part of the law.

He says a Senate controlled by Democrats might have voted more like the State Assembly, a long-time Democratic bastion. That means numerous same issues that were gridlocked in the Legislature in the past are likely to remain so, including, the Dream Act, which would provide college aid to children of undocumented immigrants, abortion rights measures, and ending the incarceration of 16 and 17-year-olds in adult prisons.

Numerous studies have repeatedly shown that American voters have grown exhausted of continuing gridlock in Washington.

In the race for U.S. Senate, Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., amassed 6,789 as a Democratic candidate and 993 as a Working Families Party candidate. Democrats had 32, although six voted with the Republicans. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC said on Twitter that he voted for an independent candidate for president.

Being an incumbent from either party helped most of the returning Senate candidates win.

In Florida, incumbent Senator Marco Rubio, who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination earlier this year, was declared the victor and re-elected. On Tuesday, McCain won his sixth term at age 80, in what possibly was his final campaign. Scott Garrett, a Freedom Caucus member from New Jersey's New York City suburbs; moderate Bob Dold from outside Chicago; Cresent Hardy of Nevada and New Hampshire's Frank Guinta.

A gain of two Assembly seats and one Senate position would give Democrats the option of raising taxes, suspending legislative rules, passing emergency legislation and overturning vetoes by the governor without any Republican support. Mark Kirk in IL.

Democrats claimed a quick pick up Tuesday in IL, where two-term congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran who lost her legs when the Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting was shot down there, defeated incumbent Senator Mark Kirk.

Duckworth served in the US military in Iraq, where she lost both her legs when a helicopter was shot down.

Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English.

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