Eight days after Election Day, control of the 117th Congress was decided with Republicans gaining enough seats to wrest control of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Democrats, who will maintain control of the U.S. Senate.
As of Nov. 16, the GOP will hold at least 218 seats in the House, exactly the number needed to be in the majority. So far Democrats will control 210 seats. The elections in seven House districts remained undecided.
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In the Senate, Democrats will control at least 50 seats in January and Republicans 49. But the final makeup of the upper chamber will not be known until after a Senate seat in Georgia is decided in a Dec. 6 runoff election.
Currently, the Senate is 50-50 but in Democratic hands because Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris can cast any tie-breaking vote.
In Georgia, incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock led GOP challenger Hershel Walker 49.4 percent to 48.5 after the votes were counted, but under Georgia law a candidate must get 50 percent plus one to be elected. So the two will face off again at the runoff. If Warnock wins, the Democrats will control 51 seats and the GOP 49 for the next two years. If Walker wins, the Senate will still be 50-50, with Democrats in control because Harris will still be able to break any tie.
Economy was top of mind for many voters
Inflation was far and away top of mind for 2022 voters. About half said inflation was key in their decision-making, and the economy overall was an overarching concern with about 8 of 10 voters saying it was in bad shape, according to polling by AP VoteCast. The concern over inflation had been evident in national surveys throughout the election season, including AARP polls of 50-plus voters. Those surveys also showed that protecting Social Security and Medicare, as well as lowering the cost of prescription drugs, continue to be very important to America’s older electorate.