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UPDATED: 13:08, November 08, 2006
Democrats capture 15 seats from Republicans, appear set to control House
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The Democrats have captured 15 seats from the Republicans in Tuesday's midterm legislative elections and appeared set to take control of the 435-seat House for the first time since 1994, the CNN reported.

With these giant gains, and if the Democrats can keep all of their existing current House seats, they will end 12 years of Republican rule, rise to power and clear the way for Rep. Nancy Pelosi to become the country's first female House leader.

Before the elections, the Democrats need to make a net gain of 15 seats from the Republicans in the 435-member House to take control for the first time since 1994.

Scandals in the Capitol Hill, the unpopular Iraq war and the declining approval rating for U.S. President George W. Bush appeared to drive voters to turn to the Democrats, according to polls conducted by U.S. media.

Source: Xinhua

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