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In pictures: US mid-term elections

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The Republican Party has had a successful night in the US mid-term elections, winning control of the Senate. Here a supporter of Republican candidate Thom Tillis celebrates his key victory in North Carolina over Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.

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The Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, retained his seat in Kentucky.

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And there were more smiling Republicans in Arkansas where Senate candidate Tom Cotton, above, defeated two-term incumbent Mark Pryor.

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Voters also chose governors in 36 states and Republicans again did well. In Maryland, the state's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, pictured, was defeated by Republican Larry Hogan.

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These election workers at the Grove Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, held a Bible while a judge read the voter's oath to them before polls opened.

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There were also prayers at a rally in support of Republican candidate Bill Cassidy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Democrats scored a victory in Pennsylvania where businessman Tom Wolf, pictured, unseated Republican Governor Tom Corbett.

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These supporters of Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown were left disappointed when he failed to unseat incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire.

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Hank Schwab of Atlanta, Georgia, donned the campaign hat he has worn for the past 30 years at a gathering in support of Republican Senate candidate David Perdue. Mr Perdue won.

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The Democrats have battled to stay ahead in the polls as President Barack Obama's approval ratings fell to the lowest they have been since he was elected.