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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks out of a leadership meeting in Washington with his thumb up, indicating that he successfully fought off a challenge by Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.). (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Today, Republicans are projected to win control of the House, ensuring two years of a divided legislature in the remainder of President Biden’s first term. The call for Republican Mike Garcia in California’s 27th District — the 218th seat — comes eight days after the Nov. 8 election. Democrats were projected to hold on to the Senate majority on Saturday.

Senate Republicans voted to retain Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as minority leader, turning back a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) after the party failed to pick up seats in the chamber in the midterm elections. Some senators sought unsuccessfully to delay the vote to give them more time to assess the GOP’s dismal performance. McConnell has led Senate Republicans since 2007. Scott helmed the campaign committee tasked with electing more Republicans.

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  • 9:30 a.m. Eastern: Senate Republicans convened for leadership elections.
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9:30 a.m. Eastern: Senate Republicans convened for leadership elections.
3:15 p.m. Eastern: A key procedural vote is set on a bill that would enshrine marriage equality into federal law. Watch live here.

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