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Currently, Democrats control the Senate 51 to 47, including two independents who caucus with Democrats, and Republicans control the House 240 to 190, including five seats that are vacant.

Currently, the GOP seems poised to pick up between one and three Senate seats, short of the four needed to win control of the chamber. 

Republican hopes for taking the chamber suffered a hit after Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) comments in August, that the female body can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape," created a political firestorm. Those comments helped his opponent, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillGOP sees fresh opening with Dems’ single payer embrace Senators blast internet subsidy program It is time to make domestic terrorism a federal crime MORE (D-Mo.), stay competitive in her bid for reelection.

Republicans appear likely to comfortably retain control of the House of Representatives.