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How will the 2020 election affect control of Congress?

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Posted at 2:18 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 14:18:01-04

How will the election affect the Congress?

The makeup of Congress will be determined by the general election, with both parties needing a majority to control the House or Senate. Democrats seem to have a good chance at winning a Senate majority, while their control of the House is not in serious doubt.

Republicans now hold the Senate 53-47. Democrats must gain at least three seats to win control, or four if President Donald Trump is reelected and Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie.

In the 435-member House, Democrats are defending the majority.

Republicans hold 197 House seats and need 218 to win control.