House set to stay under Republican control

2012-11-07 06:19

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Washington - The most unpopular House of Representatives in modern times was left pretty much unchanged by voters on Tuesday, with control firmly in Republican hands, according to projections.

The partisan brand of politics practiced by Republicans for the past two years appeared not to have seriously damaged the party.

When the new House is sworn in next January, it will look much like the House that nearly brought about government shutdowns and an historic default on debt in 2011.

The bitter partisanship in the 435-member chamber - a thorn in Democratic President Barack Obama's side - was thought to have contributed to record low public approval ratings of Congress that at one point dipped to 10%.

If voters did not like the overall tenor of Congress for the past two years, they seemed to remain satisfied with their individual members.

Election results were still coming in, but it appeared as if Speaker John Boehner will preside over a House next year that is close to the 240 Republicans and 190 Democrats who now populate the "lower chamber." Currently, there also are five vacancies.

The result could mean at least two more years of divided US government if Obama wins re-election and Democrats retain their control of the "upper chamber" Senate.

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