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Republicans win back control of House with narrow majority

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, of Calif., talks the media, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, after voting on top House Republican leadership positions, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., is at right.

WASHINGTON — Republicans have won control of the U.S. House, returning the party to power in Washington and giving conservatives leverage to blunt President Joe Biden’s agenda and spur a flurry of investigations.

But a threadbare majority will pose immediate challenges for GOP leaders and complicate the party’s ability to govern.

More than a week after Election Day, Republicans secured the 218th seat needed to flip the House.

The full scope of the party’s majority may not be clear for several more days — or weeks — as votes in competitive races are still being counted.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks on the House floor at the Capitol in Washington Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) AP

Pelosi to step down from House leadership, stay in Congress

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she won’t seek a leadership role in the new Congress.

Pelosi’s decision Thursday comes after Democrats lost the House majority to Republicans in the midterm elections and after the brutal attack on her husband, Paul, by an intruder at their San Francisco home.

Pelosi’s decision makes way for a new generation of House Democratic leaders.

She plans to stay on as a member of Congress, having won reelection from her California district.

Pelosi is the first and only woman to serve as speaker, breaking what she called the “marble ceiling.”

She led passage of the Affordable Care Act with President Barack Obama and twice impeached President Donald Trump.

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