Republicans Will Hold Majority In Senate After Democrats Take Back The House

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Republicans, meanwhile, picked up at least three Senate seats in Missouri, North Dakota and in, and were poised to win a fourth in Florida. If Democrats manage to win the Senate, it would be a major setback for Republicans and a significant victory for a party that has been locked out of power in Washington since Trump won the White House.

As for the Senate race, despite Trump's deeply polarizing effect on voters, the GOP harnessed his rock-solid popularity with hard-right voters in rural, deep-red states. Joe Donnelly and either pad their slender Senate majority or offset possible Democratic gains elsewhere. Ted Cruz successfully fended off a tough challenge from Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke. Rep. Marsha Blackburn was able to hold Tennessee's seat for Republicans, as current Sen. A full picture of the voting results were not expected for hours, with numerous most important races considered toss-ups heading into Election Day.

Fundraising, polls and history were not on the president's side.

Mr Trump's party is projected to hold on to the upper chamber in Congress, where they now hold a slim 51-49 majority.

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.

Trump's approval rating was negative among the nation's voters, and more said the USA was on the wrong track than heading in the right direction.

Democrats themselves sought to root their campaigns in more bread-and-butter issues, such as health-care and what they portrayed as Republican assaults on the popular aspects of Obamacare.

Still, his xenophobic rhetoric has been unprecedented for an American president in the modern era: "Barbed wire used properly can be a lovely sight", Trump told voters in Montana. If Democrats are on fire, this is also the hour when the bottom could fall out for Republicans, and the House majority could be called. Nor, with those GOP majorities, did he have a need. Even though two seats are needed, if the Democrats are looking to impeach the president they will still need the support of the Republicans in the upper house. Democrats were buoyed by a wave of Republican retirements and an overwhelming fundraising advantage. The Justice Department dropped the charges after his trial ended in an hung jury.

Whether the new Democratic House chooses experience or fresh faces for its leadership will be an important factor in guiding and restraining the inquiries. Eastern, NBC News projected that Jennifer Wexton had defeated Barbara Comstock in her bid to represent Virginia's 10th district.

In south Florida, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala defeated Republican Maria Elvira Salazar.

Women hold 23 of the 100 U.S. Senate seats, and this year 23 women are on the ballot for the chamber. If Nelson can't hang on to his seat, the math gets tricky for Democrats to retake the Senate majority.

"The big picture is that midterm elections go against the president's party", said John Fortier of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen.

There are three key committees: the Oversight panel headed by Cummings; the Intelligence Committee led by Schiff, a southern Californian, and the Judiciary Committee to be headed by Jerrold Nadler of NY.

A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

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He and the first lady were to host an evening watch party for family and friends. He wants Congress to look into potential violations of the emoluments clause of the US Constitution, which forbids a president from taking payments from a foreign government. The requests cover a range of issues, from the rollout of the Muslim travel ban, to documents detailing the response to Hurricane Maria, the administration's refusal to defend the Affordable Health Care Act in court, and administration use of chartered flights.

The political and practical stakes were sky-high.

All eyes are on the several dozen razor-thin races that will decide if Republicans retain control of the House of Representatives and Senate or if one or both chambers flip Democratic.

There have been some Republicans who have said that the president should have been focused more on the economic successes under his presidency than about other, more inflammatory topics, such as immigration, but his daughter-in-law disagrees.

Some Democrats have already vowed to force the release of his tax returns. Others have pledged to pursue impeachment, although removal from office is unlikely so long as the GOP controls the Senate or maintains even a healthy minority.

United States stocks opened flat on Tuesday as investors awaited the election results.

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

District 7: Democratic candidate Vickie Adamson received 62.88 percent of the vote against Alex Moore, a Republican, who had 37.12 percent.

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

Democrat Andrew Gillum, 39, the African American mayor of Tallahassee, is locked in an acrimonious battle with Ron DeSantis, 40, a member of the House of Representatives and ardent Trump supporter.

Trump's low job approval rating was also a concern for Republicans. Joe Donnelly in IN, and GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer easily triumphed over Democratic Sen.

Democrats hope to elect a record number of women to Congress.

Alongside all 435 House seats and a third of the Senate on the ballot on Tuesday are 36 gubernatorial races.

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