Republicans projected to keep control of Congress

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Both chambers of the U.S. Congress are projected to remain under Republican control when they convene on Jan. 3, with voters on Tuesday dashing Democrats' hopes of taking over the Senate while keeping the House of Representatives in Republican hands.

A few Senate races were still undecided, but projections by major media organizations indicated that Democrats no longer had a probable path toward capturing control of the 100-seat Senate.

So far, Democrats had succeeded in gaining only one seat from Republicans, in Illinois, where U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth defeated Senator Mark Kirk. Democrats needed to pick up a net five seats to take Senate control.

Related: The most and least liked senators

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10. Richard Durbin, Illinois

Disapprove: 38% 
Approve: 41%
No opinion: 21%

(Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Least Liked

9. Claire McCaskill, Missouri

Disapprove: 38% 
Approve: 46%
No opinion: 16%

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Least Liked

8. Joe Manchin, West Virginia

Disapprove: 38% 
Approve: 54%
No opinion: 7%

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Least Liked

7. David Vitter, Louisiana

Disapprove: 39% 
Approve: 42%
No opinion: 20%

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Least Liked

6. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina

Disapprove: 40% 
Approve: 45%
No opinion: 16%

(Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Least Liked

5. Marco Rubio, Florida

Disapprove: 41% 
Approve: 46%
No opinion: 13%

(Photo credit MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Least Liked

4. John McCain, Arizona

Disapprove: 42% 
Approve: 48%
No opinion: 9%

(Photo by Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Least Liked

3. Pat Roberts, Kansas

Disapprove: 43% 
Approve: 40%
No opinion: 17%

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Least Liked

2. Harry Reid, Nevada

Disapprove: 43% 
Approve: 44%
No opinion: 17%

(Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Least Liked

1. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky

Disapprove: 51% 
Approve: 39%
No opinion: 10%

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Most Liked

10. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota

Approve: 63%
Disapprove: 24%
No opinion: 13%

(Photo by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Most Liked

9. Angus King, Maine

Approve: 63%
Disapprove: 26%
No opinion: 11%

(Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Most Liked

8. Brian Schatz, Hawaii

Approve: 64%
Disapprove: 13%
No opinion: 23%

(AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Most Liked

7. Charles Schumer, New York

Approve: 64%
Disapprove: 23%
No opinion: 13%

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Most Liked

6. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska

Approve: 65%
Disapprove: 26%
No opinion: 9%

(AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)

Most Liked

5. Thomas Carper, Delaware

Approve: 66%
Disapprove: 18%
No opinion: 16%

(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Most Liked

4. Patrick Leahy, Vermont

Approve: 66%
Disapprove: 24%
No opinion: 10%

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Most Liked

3. John Thune, South Dakota

Approve: 68%
Disapprove: 17%
No opinion: 15%

(Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Most Liked

2. Susan Collins, Maine

Approve: 69%
Disapprove: 21%
No opinion: 11%

(Photo by John Patriquin/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Most Liked

1. Bernie Sanders, Vermont

Approve: 87%
Disapprove: 12%
No opinion: 1%

(Photo credit NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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Republicans campaigned on an agenda that shunned comprehensive immigration reform and opposed the national healthcare program known as Obamacare, gun control and expanded environmental and financial regulations.

The Republican Congress could be dealing in January with a Republican president. Donald Trump was edging closer to winning the White House over Democrat Hillary Clinton with a series of shocking wins on Tuesday in key states such as Florida and Ohio.

In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, was expected to remain at his post for at least the next two years.

Related: Senate candidates flock to polling places

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Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty, center, casts her ballot alongside her husband Karl Hausker, and two of their three daughters, Tuesday Nov. 8, 2016, in Wayne, Pa. McGinty is running against Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
Missouri Democratic Senate candidate Jason Kander shakes hands Teh'Riyah Hinkle, 1, as she waits in a car with her aunt as another relative votes inside a polling place Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
New Hampshire Democratic Senate candidate, Gov. Maggie Hassan speaks to media, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, outside a polling place in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., accompanied by her daughter, Kate, holds her ballot after leaving the voting booth, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, at Charlotte Avenue Elementary School in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., second from right, waits in line at Hanahan Fire Station #3 to vote in Hanahan, S.C., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Scott waited about an hour in line to vote. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Jason Kander greets voter John Williams during a last-minute campaign stop on Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, outside Hodgen Elementary School in St. Louis, Mo. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images)
New Hampshire Democratic Senate candidate, Gov. Maggie Hassan applauds supporters, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, outside a polling place in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Louisiana Democratic Senate candidate, Attorney Caroline Fayard poses for a photo with sisters of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority at Dillard University in New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, as they assemble to march in unison to a polling place to vote on election day. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Supporters of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. cheer on the candidate after he dropped off his ballot at a polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Phoenix. The incumbent McCain is running against Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
South Carolina Republican Senate candidate Sen. Tim Scott talks on the phone at Hanahan Fire Station #3 as he waits in line to vote in Hanahan, S.C., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Scott waited about an hour in line to vote. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 08: Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri Jason Kander greets voters on November 8, 2016 outside a polling place in Kansas City, Missouri. Kander is attempting to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Roy Blunt. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
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On the House side, Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, could face a divided party and a contentious battle in his re-election bid in January for the leadership job.

(Additional reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Peter Cooney)

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