The GOP is projected to maintain control of the House

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Republicans will maintain control of the House of Representatives, NBC News projected.

Republicans had feared that they would lose control of Congress with Donald Trump leading their ticket. Trump was a controversial and unconventional candidate throughout the primaries and general election and shocked establishment Republicans when he won the party's nomination.

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U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to supporters at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina November 7, 2016.

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Supporters cheer during a campaign rally by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S. November 7, 2016.

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Staff Sergeant James Wainscoat, the man who stood up at a Obama/Hillary rally in eastern North Carolina this week attends Trump event in Raleigh, North Carolina, on 7 November 2016.

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Ivanka Trump speaks beside her father, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and vice presidential nominee, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, center, during a campaign rally, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. .

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Casey Peters, 8, of Raymond, N.H. waits outside to enter a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Manchester, N.H.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. November 7, 2016.

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A child watches as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Lackawanna College Student Union in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 7, 2016.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani addresses a gathering at a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Scranton, Pa.

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Attendees hold signs before the start of a campaign event for Donald Trump, 2016 Republican presidential nominee, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. A federal judge rejected arguments that Trump and his political adviser Roger Stone are rallying supporters to intimidate minority voters on Election Day by acting as vigilante poll monitors and 'ballot integrity' volunteers.

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Lara Trump, daughter-in-law to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, tosses out hats to the crowd before Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina November 7, 2016.

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Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listen to him speak during a campaign rally at Lackawanna College, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Scranton, Pa.

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A supporter sports Donald Trump socks prior to the Republican candidate's campaign stop at Dorton Arena Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 in Raleigh N.C. It's the final day before Election Day.

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Republican vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, speaks to a campaign rally before the arrival of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Manchester, N.H.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump looks at a mask of himself as he speaks during a campaign rally in Sarasota, Florida, U.S. November 7, 2016.

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A supporter listens as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addresses a rally at the Lackawanna College Student Union in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 7, 2016.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. November 7, 2016.

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A supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump waits at a rally at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on the final day of campaigning November 7, 2016.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at the J.S. Dorton Arena November 7, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. With less than 24 hours until Election Day in the United States, Trump and his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, are campaigning in key battleground states that each must win to take the White House.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. November 7, 2016.

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Young supporters for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have their picture taken in front of a "TRUMP" sign at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. November 7, 2016.

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Republican vice presidential candidate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, takes the stage to speak to a campaign rally before the arrival of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Manchester, N.H.

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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory speaks ahead of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina November 7, 2016.

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A man wears a Donald Trump mask during a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Scranton, Pa.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. November 7, 2016.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Sarasota, Florida, U.S. November 7, 2016.

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Rep. John Fleming, R-La., candidate for the U.S. Senate from Louisiana, signs a Donald Trump hat during a campaign rally for at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant in Baton Rouge, La., November 7, 2016. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke at the event.

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Jorge Gutierrez, a supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, tosses a football before a rally at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on the final day of campaigning November 7, 2016.

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Donald Trump Jr. makes a last minute campaign stop at Rub BBQ restaurant on Nov. 7, 2016 in Detroit, speaking with about 75 supporters.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak to a campaign rally, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C.

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Supporter of Trump Await the Candidate at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh on November 7, 2016 on the last day of campaigning before election day.

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Supporters of Trump await the Candidate at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh on November 7, 2016 on the last day of campaigning before election day.

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Establishment Republicans had worried that Trump could hurt down-ballot candidates in the House and Senate, and House Republicans were forced to choose between distancing themselves from Trump and embracing the party's nominee in an effort not to burn bridges.

House Speaker Paul Ryan denounced Trump's controversial statements several times throughout the election cycle, but continued to support him as the Republican nominee.

On Sunday, Ryan again encouraged Republicans to vote for Trump.

"Let's bring the Clinton era to an end by voting for Donald Trump on Tuesday," he said a in a statement.

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