Democrats win half the U.S. House seats they need to gain control

Stephanie Anderson screams as Virginia's 10th congressional district is called for Democrat Jennifer Wexton while attending her party at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dulles, Va. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have won half the seats they need to reclaim the House majority, while Republicans were picking up key Senate contests.

Democrats picked up at least 12 Republican-held House seats in early returns but fell short in a closely watched race in Kentucky as they fought to wrest control of the chamber after eight years of GOP rule.

Democrats needed a net gain of 23 seats to control the House and gain a check on President Donald Trump.

Democratic gains included several suburban districts eyed for turnover because they were won by Hillary Clinton, including seats outside Washington, Philadelphia, Miami and Denver.

Meanwhile, Republicans Mike Braun and Kevin Cramer won Democratic-held Senate seats in Indiana and North Dakota, ousting incumbents Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp.