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The sun rises over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., November 9, 2022. REUTERS.

UPDATED 20:00 UTC: Control of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives still is not finalized at this hour, as votes continue to be counted from Tuesday's "Midterm" (between presidential races) elections. This is a living story that will be updated constantly as Wednesday, November 9 continues.

At 2000 UTC Wednesday, ballots in many states still have not been fully tallied and final results reported.

But the short take so far is that the pundit-predicted so-called "Red Wave" of substantial Republican gains did not materialize in the Senate, and that party's gains in the House of Representatives may give it control, but not with a wide surplus of GOP seats.

The Democratic Party retains the possibility of keeping control of the Senate - and possibly even picking up a seat or two to make its "majority" more than the present "tie" with 50 republican Senators, and 48 Democrats plus two independents who vote with that party, with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the "tie-breaking" vote for the Democrats.

Results show 48 Democratic (including two independents who vote with the Democrats) Senate seats to 49 for the Republicans, with 2 races - Arizona and Nevada - still not determined.

The Georgia Senate race will be decided in a runoff on December 6 with incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock facing off against Republican Herschel Walker after both candidates failed to secure 50% plus one vote as required by Georgia election law.

In Arizona's Senate race, with 66% of the vote counted at 20:00UTC, Democratic incumbent Mark Kelly leads Republican Blake Masters 51.4% to 46.4%

But in Nevada, with 77% counted, Republican Senate candidate Adam Laxalt leads incumbent Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto 49.9% to 47.2%

The Democrats picked up the Senate seat from retiring Republican Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey. With 94% of the votes counted, Politico called the race a win for Democratic candidate Lt. Governor John Fetterman over Republican candidate Mehmet Oz, a TV doctor promoted by former President Donald Trump, 50.1% to 47.4%.

The New Hampshire voters went strongly for Democratic Senate incumbent Maggie Hassan over Republican Don Bolduc, 54.2% vs 43.9% with 81% of the ballots counted. A third-party candidate in that race took 2%.

In the Midwest state of Wisconsin, Republican incumbent Senator Ron Johnson has won reelection, according to The Associated Press, defeating Democratic challenger Mandela Barnes.

As for the House of Representatives, with all 435 seats up, the Reuters 16:30UTC tally shows 183 seats won by Democrats to 202 by the Republicans. However, that leaves 50 seats our of the total of 435 in the House still undecided, so the size of the potential Republican win, if current trends continue, remains uncertain at this time.

These totals and more information will be compiled and released as it becomes available. Some of the information in this report came from The Associated Press.

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