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Midterms 2010: Republicans win control of House

Republicans in the United States have seized control of the House for the first time since 2006.

House Republicans captured 220 seats and were leading in 20 other races. Only 218 seats are needed for control of the House.

Republicans picked up a net gain of 53 seats and were leading in another 13 Democratic-held seats.

If the current trend holds, Republicans could record their largest gains in the House in more than 70 years.

In 1938, the party gained 80 seats during the second term of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner said President Barack Obama called with congratulations for winning control of the House.

During what Mr Boehner described as a brief but pleasant midnight conversation, the two discussed working together on priorities for Americans.

Mr Boehner said he told the president that the people expect them to cut spending and create jobs.

Mr Boehner described the call in a statement.

Earlier in the evening, Mr Boehner and other Republicans said they were eager to work with Mr Obama - on their terms.

Republicans have said they want to cut 100 billion US dollars in the first year and try to roll back Mr Obama's overhauls of health care and financial regulations.

A White House statement said the president also called Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who will remain in the minority but lead a strengthened Republican caucus.

In his calls to the Republicans, the president said he was looking forward to working with them to "find common ground, move the country forward and get things done for the American people".

Current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and current House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer also received calls from Mr Obama.

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