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Republicans suffer major defeat in US mid-term elections

Published 08/11/2006

George W Bush's Republican party has suffered widespread defeats in the US mid-term elections.

The Democrats have pulled off a historic victory to seize control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 12 years.

A number of key seats in the Senate also remain on a knife-edge, where the Democrats need six net gains to also take control there.

They have already made three of those gains and three more states are still neck-and-neck.

The elections were widely regarded as a referendum on the Iraq War and will be regarded as a major indictment of President Bush's controversial foreign policies.

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