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US Mid-term Elections 2018

The US democrats have taken control of the house of representatives in the mid-term elections, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump.

Taking control of the lower chamber of congress for the first time in eight years will enable democrats to thwart the president's agenda.

But Mr Trump's Republicans are set to strengthen their grip on the Senate.

Vote was seen as a referendum on a Polarizing president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020.

The democrats could now launch investigations into Mr Trump's administration and business affairs, from tax returns to potential conflicts of interest.

They could also more effectively block his legislative plans, dooming his signature promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

Female candidates stole the spotlight in an election cycle that had been billed as the year of the woman.

A record number of women ran for office in this election.