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Republicans set for bigger House majority

The Republicans are set to build on their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to projections from NBC News.

The party is expected to win 242 seats in the House, plus or minus eight seats.

The Republicans currently hold 233 seats in the 435-member chamber.

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Republicans need three more gains to control Senate

The Republicans have won three Democrat-held Senate seats, leaving them with another three to go to take control.

The party has now unseated Democrats in the states of South Dakota, Arkansas and West Virginia.

With the Republicans widely expected to retain control of the House of Representatives, winning the Senate would give them overall control of Congress.

US Midterm elections: Result crucial for Barack Obama

It is decision day in the United States. Millions are voting to decide whether to make it even harder for President Obama to run the country.

Mr Obama's opponents, the Republicans, already control the House of Representatives; they need just six seats to take the Senate, too.

If they win them, the President won't be able to achieve much at all in his final two years in office.

ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:

US voters go to the polls in crucial midterm elections

Voters in the United States will vote tomorrow in the midterm elections. The vote will decide which party controls the House of Representatives and theSenate.

  • All 435 seats in the US House of Representatives are up for re-election. Currently the Republicans control it, and this is expected to stay the same.
  • 36 seats of the 100 Senate seats are up for vote as well. Currently the Senate is held by the Democrats.

Republicans only need six seats to take the Senate, which they are confident of doing. That would leave them in control of both houses of Congress, which, with a Democrat President in the White House could lead to political paralysis.

Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports from Louisville in Kentucky.

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Obama faces first big test of his second term

President Obama is back in Washington and back to work. Wall Street had its worse day this year as markets reacted to fears that the ongoing political deadlock between Republicans and Democrats will push America over a 'fiscal cliff' and back into recession.

Republicans say they are prepared to work with the president. Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:

Cameron and Obama discuss Syria and Libya in phone call

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said that Mr Cameron's phone call with US President Barack Obama last around five minutes. He summarised the conversation as follows:

The Prime Minister congratulated President Obama on his election victory after a long and hard-fought campaign.

The president spoke of the outstanding partnership between the UK and the US and said he looked forward to working with the Prime Minister on a whole range of issues in the years ahead.

They agreed they would have a longer conversation soon on a number of strategic issues, including what more the international community can do to bring an end to the conflict in Syria and to support the development of peaceful democracy in Libya.

– Prime Minister's official spokesman
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