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Obama: Republicans had a good night

President Barack Obama has conceded that the Republican party has had a "good night" after they secured a majority in the US Senate in last night's midterm elections.

He said that the message from last night was that voters want to see the Washington gridlock eased.

Watch Obama's press conference at the White House:

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Empire State Building lit in red after Republican victory

The Empire State Building in New York has been lit up in red after Republicans claimed a majority of seats in the Senate in Tuesday's Midterm Elections.

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Democrat leader congratulates Republicans on Senate victory

Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid has called his Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell to congratulate him on becoming the new majority leader in the U.S. Senate.

In a statement Senator Reid said: "The message from voters is clear: they want us to work together. I look forward to working with Senator McConnell to get things done for the middle class."

Harry Reid speaking to his Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell. Credit: Reuters

Obama 'monitoring returns' in mid-term elections

The White House press secretary has tweeted that President Obama has spoken to Congressional candidates from both parties as results come in from the mid-term elections.

Josh Earnest said there would be "more details" to come later today.

Iowa win set to hand Republicans control of Senate

The Republicans are set to take control of the US Senate after being projected to take a seat in Iowa from the Democrats.

Iraq war veteran Joni Ernst is expected to triumph over Democrat Bruce Braley.

She will become the first woman to ever represent the state in the US Senate.

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