The Associated Press

Republicans clinched control of the U.S. House of Representatives for two more years, setting up future clashes with re-elected President Barack Obama.

The GOP won 217 seats. Two Louisiana Republicans will face each other in a December runoff, assuring the GOP will have 218 — the number needed for a majority in the 435-seat House.

Their margin will likely resemble the majority they enjoy in the current House, which they control by 240-190. There are also five vacant seats.


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