GOP keeps Senate control for 2 more years, triumph for Trump
- Laurence Reese
The first polling stations closed at 6:00 pm Eastern time (2300 GMT) in parts of Kentucky and in - where Democrats are struggling to hold a crucial Senate seat in a state won by Trump two years ago.
In what was widely seen as a referendum on Trump's first two years in office, the projection, if confirmed, would cloud the prospect of his re-election in the 2020 presidential election.
But several of those states contain key races that will offer the first indications on whether Democrats have the momentum to take the House or if Republicans are performing more strongly than expected.
As for Republicans retaining control of the Senate, she called it "a huge moment and victory for the president". Joe Donnelly in IN and Republican Marsha Blackburn's win in Tennessee made it much more hard for Democrats to make inroads.
In northern Virginia, Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock lost to Democrat Jennifer Wexton, while in one surprise win, Democrat Max Rose - a former boxer who raised millions on the strength of a viral video - unseated Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., in a seat encompassing Staten Island and Queens.
In one example, voter turnout in a critical swing district in Florida was 87% of what it was in 2016, when Trump won the presidency.
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.
Democrats, whose very relevance in the Trump era depended on winning at least one chamber of Congress, were laser-focused on health care as they predicted victories that would break up the GOP's monopoly in Washington and state governments.
In gubernatorial races, Republican Kris Kobach, a Trump ally, was beaten by a Democrat in Kansas. Democrat Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot, has given GOP Rep. Andy Barr a run for his money in a district President Donald Trump carried by 16 points.
Americans have started voting in critical midterm elections that mark the first major voter test of Donald Trump's presidency, with control of Congress at stake.
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But what is the reason behind the surge in numbers and what are midterm elections for? The outgoing Governor of Florida is Republican Rick Scott. Almost two-thirds of those voters said Mr. Trump was a factor. Also, more said they showed up at the polls to express opposition than did those who said they were casting a ballot to support him.
"The President and First Lady look forward to watching the results come in with friends and family in the White House residence", the statement said on Tuesday.
Preliminary exit poll results reported by ABC News showed that 18- to 29-year-olds accounted for 13 percent of voters nationally, up from 11 percent in 2014.
It was the first national election in the United States since the 2016 race in which Russian Federation interfered, according to USA intelligence agencies, with a campaign of hacking and propaganda to sow discord, harm the Democratic presidential candidate and boost Mr Trump's chances. That could help Democrats because younger voters tend to lean their way.
Trump himself noted the energy as he wrapped up a punishing schedule of rallies around the country that were meant to boost Republican candidates - and his own brand heading towards reelection in 2020.
Then he unleashed a torrent of 17 retweets of his postings from the last few days. recalling his rallies. blasting Democrats and endorsing a number of Republican candidates.
Democrats need 23 votes to flip the House and two votes to take control of the Senate. That was during Republican President Ronald Reagan's first term, when turnout among Democrats rose at twice the rate of increase among Republicans, according to Pew Research Center, resulting in a net gain of 26 seats for Democrats in the House.
As for what to watch on whether or not the Democrats take the house, TIME suggests following some of these super close races in order to get a sense of what way the votes are going. As we learnt during the presidential campaign in 2016, there is no such thing as a sure prediction. "Do not let their scare tactics frighten you away from the polls".
Republicans are expected to retain their majority in the Senate, where 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs.
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. "I just couldn't believe it", he said, referring to Senate hearings were held where Kavanaugh was accused of sexually assaulting a woman when they were both teenagers. "And the big money was not on our side", House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said, citing a "motivated base" on the Democratic side who inundated Republican incumbents with small donations to their challengers.
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