Republicans match post-World War II high in House

John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Sean Duffy
FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2014 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, wraps up a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, following a House GOP caucus meeting. From left are, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Boehner, Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis. and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. Republicans are poised to grab at least 246 seats in the House, matching the post-World War II high of the Truman administration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans will hold at least 246 seats in the House come January, matching the post-World War II high of the Truman administration.

Republicans will expand their current 234-201 advantage by a dozen seats in the next Congress — with one race still undecided.

On Saturday, Republicans kept control of two Louisiana seats as candidates Ralph Abraham and Garret Graves won runoffs.

The House breakdown next year will be 246-188, but could grow.

There’s still an automatic recount in a Democratic-held district in the Tucson, Arizona-area. Rep. Ron Barber trails Republican challenger Martha McSally by fewer than 200 voters.

If McSally wins, Republicans would have 247 seats, the largest majority since 1929-31 when the GOP controlled 270 seats in President Herbert Hoover’s administration.

Republicans will run the Senate, too. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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