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    Polling stations began closing in key eastern US states Tuesday evening, with the economy topping voter concerns and Republicans hoping for massive gains against President Barack Obama's Democrats in the congressional US elections.

    All 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 37 seats in the 100-member Senate are up for grabs as well as governorships and many state and local positions.

    Initial exit polls found that the still-sluggish US economy was the top concern for 62 percent of voters, according to pollster John Zogby, with many angry at Obama's massive spending plans and inability to revive the labour market. Unemployment remains at 9.6 percent.

    'Obama didn't have any strategy. It has been a great disappointment,' said Susan Allen, in her 60s, as she cast her vote in New York City.

    Polling suggests Republicans are highly likely to gain more than the 39 seats they need to reclaim a majority in the lower House, buoyed by the support of independent voters who put Obama in office two years ago.

    Control of the Senate is less certain, but likely to remain in the hands of Democrats, who have held majorities in both chambers of Congress since 2006.
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