midterm elections

Updated at 3:44 a.m. ET Wednesday

Republicans and Democrats will split control of Congress next year. House Democrats are projected to pick up enough GOP-held seats to take the majority in the House, according to The Associated Press. Senate Republicans are projected to maintain and perhaps expand their majority.

The results create a divided Capitol Hill next year and mean President Trump's plans for new tax cuts, tougher immigration legislation and changes to the Affordable Care Act will be blocked.

There are dozens of competitive races across the country that will determine control of the House, Senate and governors' seats. Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to take back the House, Democrats need a net gain of two seats to flip the Senate and Democrats are expected to slice into Republicans' 33-16 advantage in governors' seats.

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The Erie County Board of Elections is extending the hours for absentee voting ahead of the midterm elections.

Prior to his appearance in Elma Wednesday night, Steve Bannon provided access to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy. During the ride from the airport to the Jamison Road Volunteer Fire Hall, Bannon embarked on a "stream of consciousness" in sharing his political vision with McCarthy. The reporter says he encountered an "intense, loyal" thinker who sees the approaching midterm elections as "crucial to the future of the Trump presidency."