Fox News projects Dems retain control of House, gain at least five seats

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Fox News Channel on Tuesday night declared that Democrats would retain control of the House of Representatives, picking up at least five seats.

The channel did not identify key pickups for Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, or regional trends, or identify how the projection was developed when it was announced before 9:30 p.m.

The Associated Press had yet to declare a winner in many contentious races when Fox News made the announcement.

A flood of mail-in ballots amid the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to slow results in several Midwest swing states.

In some areas, Republicans performed well. For example, Houston-area Rep. Dan Crenshaw easily fended off a Democratic challenge in Texas, the Associated Press declared around 9 p.m.

In South Florida, Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell was losing by nearly 4 percentage points to Republican challenger Carlos Gimenez, a former mayor of Miami-Dade County, with 93 percent of precincts reporting.

In a nearby district, Miami-area Rep. Donna Shalala trailed GOP challenger Maria Elvira Salazar, a Cuban-American journalist, by a similar margin with 92 percent reporting.

And on Staten Island, Nicole Malliotakis led incumbent Democratic Rep. Max Rose in early results.

In another promising sign for Republicans, Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), who switched parties last year, led by almost four points against Democratic challenger Amy Kennedy with 69 percent reporting.

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