The Republican Party has won control of the Senate in the US mid-term elections, increasing their power over US politics for the final two years of Barack Obama presidency.

The Republicans, also known as the GOP, won seats in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia and is expected to make further gains as the numbers are reported in other states.

The entire House of Representatives, and around a third of the seats in the Senate were up for election in the mid-terms, with Senator Mitch McConnell poised to become the most powerful Republican in the country as leader of the Senate majority.

The GOP was expected to win the six seats needed to gain control of the Senate, and their gains were clear after the first few results were reported.

The Republicans are also expected to increase their majority in the House of Representatives, with the party controlling both chambers for the first time since 2006. This will mean that the party will be able stall and complicate any future policies or appointments by the Obama administration.

Throughout the election campaign Republicans focused on widespread dissatisfaction with President Obama, with a particular attention paid to the failure of US foreign policy in the Middle East with the rise of the Islamic State and the media hysteria over the “threat” of Ebola to the US.

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