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Republicans rule House and Senate for first time in eight years

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Republicans captured total control of Congress on Tuesday, riding a wave of voter discontent to take the Senate for the first time in eight years and expand its majority in the House, according to NBC News projections.

The vote will re calibrate the balance of power for President Barack Obama's final two years in office as attention begins to turn to who will succeed him.

The GOP was projected to pick off Senate seats held by Democrats in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia — the six they needed to control the chamber for the first time in eight years. Mitch McConnell defended his seat in Kentucky, hoping to become majority leader.

Democrat Jeanne Shaheen beat back a furious challenge from ex-Sen. Scott Brown to hold her New Hampshire seat. But Republicans held seats in Georgia and in Kansas, where Sen. Pat Roberts survived a bid by a challenger who refused to say which party he would vote with.

In the House, the GOP sought to expand its 233-199 advantage. NBC News projected that they quickly sealed two more years in the majority. The Republicans were expected to finish the night with a margin of 246-189, plus or minus six seats.

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