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Final Composition of House Decided for 113th Congress

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 29-Nov-2012
Updated: 29-Nov-2012 12:57 PM

With North Carolina's 7th District race finally decided, the political party composition of the House for the 113th Congress is now determined:  234 Republicans and 201 Democrats.

That compares to the current makeup of 242-193, so is a net gain of 8 seats for the Democrats, but keeps the House firmly in Republican hands.

The North Carolina race was won by incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre over Republican David Rouzer.  After a recount, McIntyre won by 654 votes out of more than 336,000 cast.

One congressional contest remains in contention, but it is a run-off between two Republicans so the outcome will not change the political composition.  That election is for Louisiana's 3rd District and pits two incumbents -- Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry -- against each other due to redistricting.  The run-off election is December 8. 

The composition of the Senate in the 113th Congress will be 53 Democrats, 2 independents who plan to caucus with the Democrats, and 45 Republicans.   That compares with the current composition of 51 Democrats, 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats, and 47 Republicans, a net gain of two for Democrats, who continue to control that body.


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