GOP nudges closer to House win; Senate could hinge on runoff

  • U.S. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., center, reacts at the Republican Election Night party, Tuesday. (Jason Paderon/Staten Island Advance via AP)

  • Democratic candidate for Congress Max Rose delivers his concession speech with his wife Leigh and son Miles by his side, as Democrats gather at the LiGreci’s Staaten, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in the Staten Island borough of New York. The lone Republican representative in New York City, Nicole Malliotakis, won her rematch with Democrat Max Rose in a district consisting of Staten Island and a slice of Brooklyn.(Jan Somma-Hammel/Staten Island Advance via AP)

  • President Joe Biden answers questions from reporters as he speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON — Republicans inched closer to a narrow House majority Wednesday, while control of the Senate hinged on a few tight races in a midterm election that defied expectations of sweeping conservative victories driven by frustration over inflation and President Joe Biden’s leadership.