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Plastic bag floating in the ocean

Victoria Gill

Science reporter, BBC News

US chemists have turned plastic into motor oil, but the scientific battle to break down the tide of plastic waste continues.

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Clinton

Projected for Clinton

State projected at: 20:00 EST (01:00 GMT)

20 electoral votes

Congress

Senate
2 seats, 1 up for election

Democrat Tammy Duckworth has defeated Republican Mark Kirk, who held the seat previously. The uncontested seat is held by Democrat Dick Durbin.

Democrats

2 seats
Change: (+1) since the last election.

Republicans

0 seats
Change: (−1) since the last election.

Independents

0 seats
Change: (no change) since the last election.

Elected senator

Tammy Duckworth

Tammy Duckworth

Democrat

House of Representatives
18 seats, all up for election

Democrats

11 seats
Change: (+1) since the last election.

Republicans

7 seats
Change: (−1) since the last election.

Independents

0 seats
Change: (no change) since the last election.