Republicans fight to keep control of the Senate in 2018 midterms

Mr Trump accused the ex-leader of breaking promises and Mr Obama said the president was 'fear-mongering'

Mr Trump accused the ex-leader of breaking promises and Mr Obama said the president was 'fear-mongering'

For Democrats, the road to the 218-seat majority ran through two dozen suburban districts Hillary Clinton won in 2016 and through swaths of Trump country in the Rust Belt and heartland where voters backed the president two years ago.

Trump's team immediately sought to give him credit for retaining their narrow Senate majority, even as their foothold in the more competitive House battlefield appeared to be slipping.

Speaking to Fox News earlier in the evening, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Democrats shouldn't "waste time" with an investigation. Democrats also captured governorships in MI and IL. While Trump's epitaph for Senator Cruz changed from "Lyin' Ted" to "Beautiful Ted" shortly before the elections, Trump's harsh jabs at the senator were still fresh in memory for many going into midterms. Almost two-thirds said Trump was a reason for their vote.

According to exit polling by CNN, two-thirds of voters said their vote in Tuesday's congressional election was about Trump, with more saying they were showing up at the polls to express opposition than support for the president.

The political and practical stakes were sky-high.

Democrats need to gain 23 seats in order to regain the majority in the lower chamber, a position of power they haven't been in since 2010.

The Republicans have long claimed that they are the party of the military.

Some Democrats have already vowed to force the release of his tax returns.

In Indiana, conservative challenger Mike Braun delivered the first upset to Senate Democrats, taking out incumbent Sen. No longer: Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, a close Trump ally, has beat Phil Bredesen, the popular former governor running as a moderate.

Republicans now hold a 51-49 edge in Senate seats and are a strong favourite to retain control of the legislative body.

After a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues, Americans voted on Tuesday to determine the balance of power in the U.S. Congress and shape the future of Donald Trump's presidency. Failure would leave them unable to check president Trump's power.

A majority of the 113,000 voters surveyed said the country is headed in the wrong direction.

He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation. Democrats suffered losses in Florida and Maryland where Democrats had hoped for pickups.

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"I like to tweet about the blue wave, but I don't think the blue wave's coming", Wolf said on "America's Newsroom", predicting that if Democrats do take the House it will be by 10 seats or less. Joe Manchin's battle to keep his seat in West Virginia, a state Trump carried by a mammoth 42 percentage points in 2016.

Democrats did succeed in holding on to Sen. What was not normal was that Menendez had been indicted on corruption charges and escaped with hung jury.

In gubernatorial races, Republican Kris Kobach, a Trump ally, was beaten by a Democrat in Kansas.

All 435 House of Representative seats are in play.

The White House has been stressing the historical headwinds it faced: In the last three decades, 2002 was the only midterm election when the party in office gained Senate seats. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

What's happening in House races?

Trump blamed the political vitriol on election season.

Voting in Chicago, James Gerlock, 27, a Republican, said he wanted to see more of the soaring economic growth that Trump says is the fruit of his business-friendly policies. Democrats are relying more upon women, people of color, young people and college graduates.

The demographic divides were coloring the political landscape in different ways.

Republicans held on to the upper chamber with key victories in Indiana, Texas and North Dakota.

While a Democrat House could block some of Trump's legislative plans, a GOP majority in the Senate enables the president to continue restocking the American judiciary with judges that rule according to the Constitution rather than social agendas. And even though Harvey says none of the candidates particularly excite her, she is planning on voting for all the democratic nominees on the ballot.

Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams could become the first female African-American governor in the U.S. if she can beat Republican opponent Brian Kemp after a bitter campaign. A record number of women were running for Senate, House, governorships and state legislative seats.

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