The Republicans have won back majority in the House, setting the stage for a divided government.

The GOP was able to gain eight seats to give them a slim majority over the Democrats, but the Democrats will remain in control of the Senate. The results of the midterm elections surprised many as the Republicans were projected to win big.

Many of the races took days to finalize ballot counts, but the deciding race came down to Rep. Mike Garcia (R-California) defeating Democrat Christy Smith. Garcia won by a conclusive eight points.

Republicans were poised to take over Congress as the party cited President Joe Biden‘s struggling economy and low approval ratings. Other factors, however, such as former President Donald Trump, other far-right Republicans and the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade over the summer, likely swayed some moderate voters to vote blue.


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Biden voiced his willingness to work with House Republicans in a statement of congratulations to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California), who will likely become the next house speaker.

“I congratulate Leader McCarthy on his House majority, and am ready to work together for American families,” Biden wrote. “In this election, voters spoke clearly about their concerns: the need to lower costs, protect the right to choose, and preserve our democracy. And as I said last week, the future is too promising to be trapped in political warfare.”

McCarthy also took to Twitter to comment on the Republican’s new majority.

“Americans are ready for a new direction, and House Republicans are ready to deliver,” he wrote.

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