Democrats Take Control of the House

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WASHINGTON -- Republican rule is no more in the House. Democrats have regained control by capitalizing on voter anger over Iraq and congressional scandals.

California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi is celebrating her party's return to power and her own ascension as first female speaker in history. Pelosi said the nation needs "a new direction in Iraq."

Just after 1 a.m. Eastern, Democrats had won 218 seats, enough to control the House, and were leading for another 15, which give them 233. Republicans, who hold 229 seats in the current House, won 176 and were leading in another 26, which would give them 202.

The Democrats won 24 Republican-controlled seats -- and no Democratic incumbent had lost by early Wednesday.