Democrats to Retake the US House of Representatives, Margin Unclear

Border Protection agents take part in a training exercise at the U.S.-Mexico border Nov. 5 2018 in Hidalgo Texas

Border Protection agents take part in a training exercise at the U.S.-Mexico border Nov. 5 2018 in Hidalgo Texas

The energy and outrage of the Democratic resistance faced off against the brute strength of President Donald Trump's GOP on Tuesday as voters across America decided whether Democrats should control at least one chamber of Congress for the first time in the Trump era.

Going into election day, the Democrats needed a net gain of 23 seats to take over a majority in the House, and polling indicated that they stood an excellent chance of doing that.

They are vying for the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. In that state, Republican Mike Braun was declared as the victor over Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly.

But in some other toss-up races, the GOP managed to hold on.

Voters cast their ballots in the midterm elections on November 6, 2018, in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Trump's Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree.

Republicans do not have to defend as many vulnerable incumbents as Democrats in the midterms. More than 39 million Americans have already voted, either by mail or in person, breaking early voting records across 37 states, according to an AP analysis.

Rep. Barbara Comstock in the Virginia suburbs outside the nation's capital was among the most endangered Republican incumbents, branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats. He's running for Senate against the Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.

The 2018 United States midterm election has already set records for early voting, and turnout appears to be up across the board.

"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 two parties were also tangling in several crucial governors' races, including in Midwest battleground states such as Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa and MI.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are watching the results at the White House with friends and family. The President has energised a staggering number of Americans at packed arenas and in overflow crowds at rallies across the country.

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Ahead of the results, USA stocks closed higher, with the benchmark S&P 500 Index ending the day at a two-week high.

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That could help Democrats because younger voters tend to lean their way.

A debate about whether Trump's inflammatory rhetoric encouraged extremists erupted in the campaign's final weeks after pipe bombs were mailed to his top political rivals allegedly by a Trump supporter who was arrested and charged, and 11 people were killed in a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting.

Republicans automatically retain control of at least 42 of their Senate seats that are not up for election this year, so it will be hard but not impossible, for Democrats to win the majority.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump.

In the Senate, Republicans are favored to maintain control, and Democrats must pick up two seats to win a majority.

The Democratic victory also means the potential return of Nancy Pelosi to the speakership, a post she held until the party lost a majority in 2010. "Do not let their scare tactics frighten you away from the polls".

The outcome will determine how well the dominant party works with Gov. Roy Cooper as both sides push for often conflicting goals, such as health-care access and education funding for the Democrats, tax relief and deregulation for Republicans. In both Senate and House races, Democrats have focused heavily on health care and protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions. I mean, I only became a citizen previous year", said Kevin Ombija, a first-time voter originally from Kenya who now lives in Washington, D.C. "Issues of immigrants are very dear to me. Moreover, 56 percent of those surveyed thought the country was on the wrong track and 41 percent said it was on the right track. The survey is separate from the traditional exit polls for the television networks.

Executive Director for the Center for Responsive Politics Sheila Krumholz commented: "The significance of this election is clear".

Ted Cruz, who was re-elected as a Texas governor, said: "Thank you, Texas!" Her group, one of many formed since Trump's election and after the Women's March, connected thousands of women in the Atlanta area interested in becoming more politically active.

"I have worked at this poll the last three elections and this is the biggest turnout ever", said Bev Heidgerken, 67, a volunteer at a polling place in Davenport, Iowa. "We will finally give New Yorkers the progressive leadership they have been demanding", she tweeted. Yet it may be effective in largely rural states where he remains popular and where numerous closest Senate races are playing out.

McAdams also noted the silence on the Russian Federation issue - though he believes it proves that Democrats have never believed their own claims in the first place. But on the early vote, Democrats are leading in a trio of suburban districts thought to be key to the party's effort to break the GOP's super majority in the House.

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