United States midterm polls: Democrats leading in fight to win House

United States midterm polls: Democrats leading in fight to win House

As far as partisan affiliation is concerned, young Democrats appear more willing to make their voices heard than their Republicans counterparts this cycle.

All 435 seats in the lower chamber House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 upper chamber Senate seats will be at stake.

But while the party only needs two more seats to take control of the Senate, this is likely to be a much tougher challenge for the Democrats.

But she added: "A Democratic Congress will work for solutions that bring us together because we have all had enough of division".

With control of Congress and statehouses across the nation at stake, numerous nation's top elections were too close to call. They included New Jersey Sen. The Justice Department dropped the charges after his trial ended in an hung jury.

Heitkamp lost to GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer, whom Trump persuaded to seek the Senate seat. Both Barack Obama's and Bill Clinton's numbers were 5 points higher, and both suffered major midterm losses of 63 and 54 House seats respectively.

The Republican grip on high-profile governorships in Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin were at risk as well. With so much at stake, Trump campaigned in over a dozen states with Senate elections since Labor Day, visiting some multiple times.

More than 40 million Americans had already voted, either by mail or in person, breaking early voting records across 37 states, according to analysis.

The nationwide survey indicated that almost two-thirds said Trump was a reason for their vote.

Overall, 6 in 10 voters said the country was headed in the wrong direction, but roughly that same number described the national economy as excellent or good.

Millions of Americans have voted at 2018 midterm elections, which many believe will be a crucial verdict on President Donald Trump's first two years in office.

He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.

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The party needed a net gain of 23 seats to break the Republicans' eight-year hold on the House and place a check on President Donald Trump. Some 35 Senate seats were in play, as were nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature.

Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democrats Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Minnesota's Amy Klobuchar were easily re-elected.

Trump spent election night watching returns with family and friends at the White House, his shadow looming large over the results. Among those expected: Vice President Mike Pence and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal adviser to the president.

The new Democratic House majority will end the Republican Party's dominance in Washington for the final two years of Trump's first term with major questions looming about health care, immigration and government spending.

While Minnesotans across the state were being inundated with negative TV attack ads, voters in competitive suburban districts were also buried in stacks of campaign mailings and visits by door-knocking legislative candidates and their supporters. Like other Democrats across the country, Spanberger emphasized protecting people with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage or charged more by insurers. AP VoteCast also showed a majority of voters considered Trump a factor in their votes.

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

"Things are pretty good, yet we have all this division and we have this president who's relatively unpopular, so we have this odd juxtaposition", said Kent State politics professor Michael Ensley, citing Trump's poor approval ratings despite a rollicking USA economy and the absence of any major foreign-policy challenges.

His take-no-prisoners approach troubled many Republicans seeking to appeal to moderate voters in suburban House districts, but Trump prioritized base voters in the deep-red states that could determine the fate of the Senate.

Republicans paved their path to victory by defeating Democrats Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

History was working against the president in the Senate: 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

Tuesday's contest saw several historic firsts in the Democratic camp: in Kansas Sharice Davids - an attorney and former mixed martial arts fighter - became the first Native American woman elected to Congress.

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