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11-02-2004, 10:18 PM
CNN) -- Republicans are projected to pick up at least five seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, four of them in Texas and one in Kentucky.

CNN projects that Republicans will pick up seats in Texas Districts 1, 10, 11 and 24.

Texas Republicans used their control of the state Legislature to draw new districts to make it harder for Democrats to win re-election. Two of the new districts, the 19th and 32nd, pit two incumbents against each other.

Texas District 1 is a particularly significant victory for the Republicans, if the projection holds true, because the race had been so close leading into the election.

The projected win also marks a success for those legislators who redrew the Texas congressional map last year.

In it, Republican Rep. Max Sandlin is projected to defeat four-term Democrat Rep. Louis Gohmert.

Gohmert had faced an uphill battle because of the new map. Only about 40 percent of his old district remained in the redrawn district. The race marked the first time Gohmert faced a seasoned candidate.

The fifth Republican pickup is projected to be in Kentucky, where Republican Geoff Davis is projected to win in District 4, beating Democrat Nick Clooney for the open seat.

Clooney is the father of actor George Clooney and the brother of the late singer-actress Rosemary Clooney.

Davis, who runs a consulting firm in Boone County, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and a former Army helicopter pilot. He directed Army aviation operations for a peacekeeping mission in the Middle East.

In the final pre-election poll, the seat had been too close too call.

The projected wins of Kentucky District 4 and Texas District 1 means Republicans will likely retain control of the House.

Democrats needed to pick up all 12 seats that were considered toss-ups as polls started to close on Election Night.

As of 11:05 p.m. ET, Republicans were projected to win at least 154 seats and the Democrats were projected to win at least 129. The lone independent, Rep. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, was projected to retain his seat.

All 435 House seats are up for grabs this election, including 36 open seats.

Nineteen of the open seats are held by Republicans, 14 by Democrats, and three are new seats created by redistricting in Texas.

A 12-seat gain would have put the House at an even 217-217 partisan split, but Sanders votes with Democrats, which would have given them the edge.

Five of the 12 races expected to be closest are in Texas.

If Republicans retain control of the House, they will have held the majority for six consecutive elections, from 1994 to 2004. Before the 1994 election, they had not controlled the House since the Eisenhower landslide of 1952.