Early reports today from some GOP sources are that the Republican Party has taken its first majority of the House in more than 140 years. Lots of races still hang in the balance with absentees, affidavits and challenges, but some in the GOP are saying the question now is how big the majority will be.
Republicans needed to pick up eight seats to gain a majority of the 122-member House. As of now, it looks like they've picked up nine in unofficial results, and they say that could drop to eight or rise to 10, depending on several races, including the too-close to call House 111 in South Mississippi between incumbent Democrat Brandon Jones and Republican challenger Charles Busby.
-- Geoff Pender/political editor