The Republican Party is projected to lose two of 23 seats the Democrats need to win to take control of the US House of Representatives, exit polls have revealed with more than 300 races yet to be called.
Democrat Jennifer Wexton has ousted Republican Representative Barbara Comstock in the US state of Virginia’s 10th congressional district, according to CBS News on Tuesday with 75 percent of votes counted.
In Florida, Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton, won an open House seat that had previously been held by a Republican.
Republicans, who currently control both chambers of Congress, have a 240 - 195 majority in the House of Representatives, hence Democrats need to flip a net of 23 seats from Republican "red" to Democratic "blue" to reach the 218 threshold needed to seize control of Congress. Fifteen other Democrats were reported leading Republicans in some of those key seats with votes from Western US states yet to be counted.
Pollsters had predicted that Republicans would likely maintain control over the Senate, therefore a Democratic House victory would divide Congress and likely hinder President Donald Trump from implementing his policy agenda over the next two years.