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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.

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

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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.

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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