WASHINGTON (AP) — Candidates, political parties and hordes of corporate, labor and ideological groups are spending a record $1.1 billion this year on House races. But when the votes are counted next Tuesday, the result is likely to be a Republican-led House that's strikingly similar to the existing version.
The reasons include a redrawing of congressional districts for the Census that both parties used to protect incumbents, with Republicans protecting more. And while Republicans have more seats at risk, they've also had a financial advantage.
Out of 435 House seats, only around 60 are competitive this year. When Election Day is over, Democrats are expected to fall short of the 25 additional seats they need to take control of the chamber.
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