Democrats snatch first House seats from Republicans in United States midterm elections 2018

08 November, 2018, 20:00 | Author: Wade Massey
  • A voter casts his ballot in the midterm election at the East Midwood Jewish Center polling station in the Brooklyn borough of New York City

Goodstein, however, still believes that Trump "is uniquely disfavored" and numerous voters who strongly disapprove of Trump will take to the polls, allowing the Democrats to regain the House of Representatives.

Trump sought to take credit for retaining the GOP's Senate majority, even as the party's foothold in the more competitive House battlefield appeared to be slipping.

All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and 36 of the 50 state governorship were at stake.

With the Democratic Party needing a net gain of 23 to take back the House, its candidates flipped seats in several suburban districts outside Washington, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago and Denver that were considered prime targets for turnover because they were won by Hillary Clinton in 2016. The Republicans have a majority in the House with 235 congresspeople to 193 Democrats. "It's just a question of the size of victory".

"Everything we have achieved is at stake", Mr Trump declared in his final day of campaigning. Joe Donnelly lost his bid for reelection in IN, and Republican Marsha Blackburn won the open Senate seat in Tennessee, a race that Democrats had hoped would slide into their column. Sen. She finished about 3 percentage points behind the incumbent in a Lexington-area district Trump won by 15 percentage points in 2016.

Trump embarked on a bruising schedule of rallies over the past few weeks to drive his supporters to the polls. "Up until today, I would've said, 'If the election were held today, we would win, '" Pelosi said on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" last week. "Now it's like the hottest thing".

The mixed results unfolded as an anxious nation watched to see whether voters would reward or reject the GOP in the first nationwide election of Trump's turbulent presidency.

"It's a very good turnout", said William Harkins, chief election officer at a polling station in Arlington, Virginia.

A turbulent election season that has tested President Donald Trump's slash-and-burn political style against the strength of the Democratic resistance comes to a close as Americans cast ballots in the first national election of the Trump era.

Still, about one-third of voters said Trump was not a factor in their votes. "I feel confident we will win", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday, decked out in a bright blue dress at her party's headquarters in Washington, D.C. "I just love the deregulation and I just want to keep everything moving, because I'm loving it".

(Although early voting prior to Election Day was up, the turnout numbers don't necessarily reveal how constituents voted).

The most important elections concern Congress as it is the national legislative body responsible for passing laws on everything from immigration to the economy.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, right, with President Donald Trump during a campaign rally.

Democrats accused Trump of fear-mongering and former president Barack Obama decried his deployment of troops to the border with Mexico as a "political stunt".

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In Texas, Sen Ted Cruz staved off a far tougher than expected challenge from Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke, whose record-smashing fundraising and celebrity have set off buzz he could be a credible 2020 White House contender.

Outside Richmond, Virginia, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat faced an unusually strong challenge from Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act.

But in both chambers, the sheer number of airtight toss-up races means there are no guarantees about tonight's outcome, even as generic congressional ballots show Democrats with the advantage over Republicans and the party of the president historically loses seats in their first midterm elections.

A full picture of the voting results will not emerge for hours, with numerous most important races considered toss-ups heading into election day.

The first signs will come from key congressional races on the east coast in suburban Virginia, New Jersey, Florida and NY, however this will likely be a long day. "Get out and VOTE for Peter!", Trump wrote. Was the New Yorker just inspired by an old soviet cartoon on U.S. elections?

Problems with voting machines prevented Americans from casting ballots in a dozen states, USA rights advocates said, following complaints about registration problems, faulty equipment and intimidation they have received throughout early balloting.

One race involving a woman is seen as a potential bellwether for how the day may go.

In battlegrounds where Democrats were thought to have chances to gain seats, first-term Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen was in a close contest with Nevada Sen.

While most of the attention is focused on the battle for the House and the Senate, the gubernatorial races may be where Democrats stand to gain the most on Tuesday night. "So I understand that you can have both sides", Gonzalez said.

Carol Reynolds, 83, described herself as a former Republican as she cast her ballot in Laguna Beach.

"I think it will actually be an advantage to Trump is they pursue impeachment".

Representative Eliot Engel, the Democrat in line to head the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said they may also push for congressional authorisation for the use of military force in places like Iraq and Syria.

A woman takes a selfie after voting at City Hall in San Francisco, California on November 6, 2018.

Asked on Monday how he would handle a lower chamber controlled by his political opponents, the president appeared to concede it was a risk.

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