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Live updates: Follow results of key House races

Posted: 5:30 PM, Nov 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-07 06:48:22Z

While Tuesday's election wasn't quite the "Blue Wave" that Democrats had hoped for, the Democratic Party is projected to have a majority of seats in the US House once the new Congress is seated in January. 

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives were up for election on Tuesday, and that fact has spurred high voter turnout in an election that could see a lot of change on Congress.

 

Polls began to close at 6 p.m. on the East Coast. Follow this story for live updates throughout the evening regarding the biggest House of Representative races.

Democrats needed to pick up 23 seats on Tuesday to take the House of Representatives away from the Republicans. 

The GOP has held the House of Representatives since 2011. 

The first big turnover of the night was Democrat Jennifer Wexton projected to defeat Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock, becoming the first Democrat elected to the Virginia district in nearly four decades. Republicans have held the 10th district of Virginia since 1980.

Democrats are projected to win 207 seats, whereas the Republicans are projected to win 194 with 218 the magic number to hold control.

Ushering in a crop of new Democrats into the House, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, will become the youngest woman in history to be elected to Congress. She upset New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary election earlier this year. 

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's nominee, were elected on Tuesday as the first Muslim women in the House. 

Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Colin Allred, a Democrat in Dallas, defeated incumbent Pete Sessions to win his first time as a candidate.