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Wednesday, 6 November, 2002, 18:11 GMT
US Republicans victorious in polls
Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) and former US president George Bush
Jeb Bush celebrates re-election with his father
Republicans win control of the US Senate and retain their House majority, giving a major boost to President Bush's legislative agenda.


Top Democrat leader resigns
Democrat House leader Richard Gephardt
Mr Gephardt may be a contender for the presidency
The Democrat's leader in the House of Representatives, Richard Gephardt, announces he will leave his post after the party's heavy losses in the mid-term elections. Mr Gephardt says he will step down when his term expires at the end of the year.


Huge boost for the Republicans


Republican supporters celebrate in Hawaii
Republican supporters celebrate in Hawaii
Republicans will find it easier to push through their agenda in Congress after major gains in the mid-term elections. They will find less opposition to plans for tax cuts and enhanced homeland security.



Bush celebrates his victory
President George W Bush
The President had campaigned hard
The Republican sweep of the US polls is being seen as very much a personal victory for President Bush, who becomes only the third US president in a century to make mid-term gains.




Economy was not the vote-swinger
Democrat House leader Richard Gephardt
The Democrat leader attacked the economy
The Democrats had played up the economy as the big issue but their arguments were not enough to sway the voters. They will now lose much of their power and influence in Congress.



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