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Republican candidates prepare to debate without Trump

US Republican party presidential candidates are preparing for a key debate in Iowa this evening which is going ahead despite current front-runner Donald Trump's refusal to attend.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson will all take part in the debate.

Trump has opted out of the chance to take part instead choosing to host his own event nearby.

People have already started queuing to see the Iowa debate Credit: Robert Moore/ITV


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:


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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