Republicans have secured the 218 seats needed for a majority in the lower chamber of Congress a week after the midterm elections, the BBC's US partner CBS News projects.

While the party's margin in the House of Representatives is razor-thin, it is enough to stall President Joe Biden's agenda for the next two years.

Kevin McCarthy, the Republicans' leader in the House, celebrated the result. But Democrats will retain control of the upper chamber, the Senate.

The new Congress will convene in January. The Republicans - who had hoped to win back control of both chambers - underperformed expectations in last week's midterms.

But they won the seat they needed for their House majority on Wednesday when California's 27th district went to incumbent Mike Garcia.

The Republican party is now projected to win between 218-223 seats in the 435-seat House, according to CBS.

Mr McCarthy, who was picked by rank-and-file Republicans on Tuesday to be their nominee to replace Democrat Nancy Pelosi as the next Speaker of the House, said the chamber had "officially flipped".