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Who will control Congress after Nov. 8? A look at Senate and House races




The US Capitol is shown October 11, 2016 in Washington DC. House and Senate Republicans are in a close race with Democrats to keep control of both houses of Congress.
The US Capitol is shown October 11, 2016 in Washington DC. House and Senate Republicans are in a close race with Democrats to keep control of both houses of Congress.
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November 8 will not only determine who sits in the Oval Office next year, but which party will take - or keep - control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

With Republicans fighting to protect their Senate majority, Democrats are hoping for a “wave” election to come through down-ballot, even potentially yielding the House of Representatives.

The most vulnerable Senate seats include Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida and New Hampshire, and while Democrats only have to worry about defending 10 seats, Republicans are in a bind to hold 24. As for congressional races, Democrats must flip 30 seats in the House to end the GOP’s historical majority, with the top five including Minnesota, Montana, Illinois, New York and California.

AirTalk speaks with political reporters who are keeping a close watch on the contested Senate and House races.

Guests:

Burgess Everett, POLITICO Congressional reporter

Alex Roarty, senior politics reporter at CQ Roll Call