Republicans retain control of the Senate with victory in Pennsylvania

Republicans have clinched continued House control for the new Congress. They'll likely lose seats from their current historic high, but they won enough seats to

Control of Congress up for grabs in the

Control of Congress up for grabs in the 2016 election. (Credit: File photo)

WASHINGTON - Republicans have clinched continued House control for the new Congress. They'll likely lose seats from their current historic high, but they won enough seats to extend their six-year streak of commanding the chamber.

With voting results still being counted early Wednesday, Republicans have won at least 218 House seats. That exceeds the number needed to control the chamber.

Democrats started the year hoping Donald Trump's divisive presidential candidacy would cost Republicans bushels of House seats. His impact on down-ballot candidates proved spotty.

Republicans now control 247 seats in the House. With a smaller GOP majority, dissident hard-right conservatives could have added leverage to press House Speaker Paul Ryan and other party leaders on the budget and other issues.

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