Democrats projected to retain control of the House of Representatives

  • Democrats will keep control of the House of Representatives, NBC News projected.
  • Control of the chamber will help the party set the U.S. policy agenda if it can gain control of the Senate and White House, or offer a buffer against the GOP if it cannot.
  • Many key House races were still undecided Tuesday night.

Democrats will keep their House majority, NBC News projected Tuesday, as the major U.S. parties jockeyed for control of the White House and Senate in the 2020 election.

Democrats entered Election Day heavily favored to keep control of the chamber. The biggest question was whether they could expand their advantage.

Many key House races around the country were still undecided Tuesday night.

Democrats have a 232-197 majority in the current Congress. One representative is a Libertarian, while the House has five vacancies.

Competitive House races across the country, led by multiple contests in Texas and New York, were expected to determine whether Republicans could cut into Democrats' edge. Democrats flipped House control in the 2018 midterms by gaining a net 40 seats.

Keeping House control will ensure Democrats can push policy priorities through if Joe Biden wins the White House and the party flips Senate control. If Democrats fail to win the White House or Senate, the House majority provides a buffer for them against Republican goals.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is expected to run to extend her second stint as leader of the House.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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