Democrats seize US House in rebuke to Trump

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

They held onto seats in the South, Midwest and West and ensured at least a 51-49 Senate, the same margin by which they now run the chamber.

The turning point was when Republican businessman Mike Braun ousted incumbent Joe Donnelly, a moderate Democrat in Indiana.

O'Rourke had told voters that Trump was wrong and described Texas as built from "immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees".

The significance of the GOP victory in the Senate, which the party has controlled for the past four years, was magnified because Democrats stood a solid chance of wresting control of the House from the Republicans.

Trump sought to take credit for retaining the GOP's Senate majority, even as the party's foothold in the House was slipping.

As expected, redistricting in Pennsylvania proved to be a boon for Democrats, who so far have had a net gain of three seats in the Keystone State.

Republicans entered the night commanding the Senate only narrowly, 51-49. Basically, what happened was the same slight error - the marginal underrepresentation of white working class voters favouring Trump - was replicated in a number of key districts located in states with large numbers of electoral college votes.

Blackburn, a conservative and ardent Trump backer, defeated former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, 74. Claire McCaskill. Ohio is around the same as Missouri, 51% approval in the state. Heitkamp was hurt late in her campaign by an ad that mistakenly named some women as victims of sexual abuse.

The results are a disappointment, but aren't all bad news for Democrats.

Democrats will now be able to block legislation and light a fire under Trump's feet with investigations of his opaque finances and Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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This has been accounted for by all major news organisations, and pollsters are now more likely to err on the side of caution and assume that small polling errors - errors that would be insignificant if they were isolated - may be replicated across different locations and elections and therefore may have an impact on the overall vote.

Campaigns unfolded against a backdrop of jarring political imagery, overheated rhetoric and angry debates on immigration, health care and the role of Congress in overseeing the president.

"We have the beginning of a new Democratic Party, younger, browner, cooler, more women, more veterans, can win in MI, can win in Pennsylvania, can win in OH", said Van Jones, a CNN political commentator. "It's just a very robust class of candidates that really reflects who we are as a country".

"Under President Trump's leadership, the Republican National Committee has raised more than a quarter billion dollars, fueling an extraordinary ground game geared toward defying midterm history and protecting the GOP's majorities".

Health care was at the forefront of IN voters' minds, with nearly 3 IN 10 naming it as the most important issue facing the nation IN this year's midterm elections - including 30-year-old Cordell Chaney, who works at a Fort Wayne wire and cable products manufacturer.

"I think everyone was bracing for any possible, insane scenario to show itself tonight but it basically looks like the baseline consensus forecast was correct", said Michael Purves, Head Of Equity Derivatives Strategy At Weeden & Co, New York. Even so, voters were divided over the state of the nation, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.

On the other side of the country, in Atlanta, Georgia, voters waited in line for almost two hours to cast ballots, according to local media reports.

In other results, Vermont independent Sen. She endured millions of dollars in GOP attack ads and Trump's rally cry against her "radical Democratic agenda".

For one-third of IN voters, President Trump was not a factor they considered while casting their votes. Democrats need Pelosi's experience in the Trump era, she said. Bob Menendez won a third Senate term, despite a federal bribery indictment that prosecutors dropped this year after a mistrial. "All the GOP has is the other half of Congress, the Supreme Court, and a president who does whatever he wants".

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