Republicans extended their decade-long hold on the House for two more years, knocking off four veteran Texas Democrats along the way. Among their few setbacks was the defeat of the longest-serving GOP member of the chamber, Rep. Phil Crane. An NBC News projection of seats won by party indicate a Republican majority of 232 seats to the Democrats’ 202, with one independent. There is a margin of four seats either way in the NBC News projection.
Republicans were set to control the House for a dozen consecutive years, the first time they have achieved that feat since the 12 years that ended in January 1933.