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

Voters cast their ballots in Streetsboro Ohio

Voters cast their ballots in Streetsboro Ohio

The Democrats are favoured by election forecasters to pick up the 23 seats they need to gain a majority in the House, but have slimmer hopes of gaining control of the Senate, opinion polls show. It would be the first time the party has controlled the House since 2010.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said her party had momentum on its side.

Manchin defeated Republican Patrick Morrisey, the state's attorney general.

Another key House race is in California, where Democrat Harley Rouda is seeking to unseat longtime Republican incumbent Dana Rohrabacher in Republican bastion Orange County. But the share of the country that could decide control of the House of Representatives might be smaller. That is the question confronting several GOP incumbents, including New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance. "Americans, by and large, like the idea of checks and balances under our constitution and our system, and with Republican House, Senate and White House, this is a feeling that this has gone out of whack".

Republican Mike Braun opened an early lead in the crucial Senate showdown in IN with incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly, but the race was too close to call with just 9 per cent of the votes in. Democratic Senate incumbents were up for re-election, for example, in North Dakota, Indiana, and Missouri - states Trump carried by nearly 25 percentage points on average two years ago.

Bredesen is running against Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn for Tennessee's open U.S. Senate seat in the state's top race.

In Virginia's 7th District, a Republican-leaning area near Richmond, Republican Rep. Dave Brat was in a tight race with Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer.

Voters "rejected the politics of hate, the politics of division and the politics of ideology", Spanberger told supporters Tuesday night. He was defeated by Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

In the House, the Fox News Power Rankings reflect 29 "toss-up" races.

As polls begin to close, the White House is stressing the effort President Donald Trump put into a political ground game aimed at putting Republicans in the win column for Tuesday's midterm elections.

"This was a hard campaign", Curbelo told reporters in Miami. If Democrats are winning in places like eastern Kentucky, then Republicans could be in for a long night on Tuesday.

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In a disappointment for the Democrats, incumbent GOP Rep. Garland "Andy" Barr held off a strong challenge from Democrat Amy McGrath, a former fighter pilot. She finished about 3 percentage points behind the incumbent in a Lexington-area district Trump won by 15 percentage points in 2016.

Polling aggregator 538 is projecting that the Republicans will indeed lose control of the House of Representatives this time around. GOP Rep. Mimi Walters is running against Democrat Katie Porter, a consumer protection lawyer and Elizabeth Warren protégée.

The first national elections since Trump captured the White House in a stunning 2016 upset will be a referendum on the polarizing Republican president and his hardline policies, and a test of whether Democrats can turn the energy of the liberal anti-Trump resistance into victories at the ballot box. While Republicans confront serious headwinds in holding the House, the uniqueness of the contest in each of 435 House districts makes for a wide range in the potential number of seats Democrats may gain.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, the national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump. Polls show Wexton claiming the seat, which has been held by a Republican for over 30 years.

Voters between the ages of 18 and 34 backed Democrats by 62 percent to 34 percent, up from 2014 when 54 percent backed Democrats and 36 percent supported Republicans.

A inquiry into the Russian Federation investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, could be ordered by the House Judiciary Committee to determine if "impeachable" offences were committed by Trump, he said.

Today, voters are turning out to elect Republican candidates not just for themselves, but for the future of their country, the future of their families, the future of their businesses and the future of their pocketbooks. About three-quarters of the registered voters named health care as in important issue to their vote, according to recent Pew research.

Despite positive feelings about the economy, overall, voters were pessimistic about the direction of the country. The survey is separate from the traditional exit polls for the television networks.

"It could happen", President Trump acknowledged this past Friday evening about losing the lower chamber, echoing the same sentiments many strategists and lawmakers have been forecasting for the past year.

The president's strategy of emphasizing divisive issues such as immigration appeared to backfire on Republican candidates in suburban swing districts that determined control of the House.

Other records were also falling. According to data compiled by The Associated Press, 237 women ran for the House as major-party candidates this year. The total number of women serving simultaneously may exceed 100 for the first time.

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