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WASHINGTON, DC - Nov. 05: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during a news conference on the Democrats' agenda for the 111th Congress and for the coming lame duck session, in the wake of Democratic gains in Tuesday's elections. Democrats solidified their majority in the U.S. House in Tuesday's balloting -- the second consecutive election in which Democrats made ample gains in a chamber they will control by a convincing margin in the 111th Congress that convenes in January. With seven races still too close to call at midday Wednesday, Democrats were guaranteed of making a net gain of at least 18 seats, augmenting the 30-seat gain that they made in the 2006 elections to reverse a dozen years of House Republican rule. Democrats unseated at least a dozen Republican incumbents and also captured at least 10 other districts that Republicans left open to retire or seek other office. Four Democratic incumbents were defeated. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

WASHINGTON, DC - Nov. 05: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during a news conference on the Democrats' agenda for the 111th Congress and for the coming lame duck session, in the wake of Democratic gains in Tuesday's elections. Democrats solidified their majority in the U.S. House in Tuesday's balloting -- the second consecutive election in which Democrats made ample gains in a chamber they will control by a convincing margin in the 111th Congress that convenes in January. With seven races...
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