What we know so far from the midterm election results

What we know so far from the midterm election results

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.

Republicans retained Senate seats in the South, Midwest and West and ensured at least a 51-49 majority, equal to their current margin. They have also defeated a Republican incumbent in Minnesota.

All 435 seats in the US House were up for re-election, although fewer than 90 were considered competitive while Some 35 Senate seats were in play, as were nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature. A true outsider, a successful, bold businessman with no prior political experience took the world by storm with a win that many said would be impossible and potentially disastrous for our country. But all of those seats were up for election Tuesday.

Speaking on Fox News, Sanders said the candidates that Trump campaigned for are doing well.

The Democratic victory, she said, "is about restoring the Constitution's checks and balances to the Trump administration", and a check on Senate Republicans.

"In 2010 ... it was more about did you agree or disagree with Obamacare?" he recalled.

Polls in some 20 states - including MA - will close at 8 p.m., just after Ohio, West Virginia, and North Carolina wrap things up at 7:30 p.m. Polls in other key states including Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey closed at 8 p.m. EST.

Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of MA easily won re-election as they consider bids for the Democratic presidential nomination. And Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another potential 2020 contender, also won her race.

Democrats won control of the House Tuesday night, while Republicans held their Senate majority as voters rendered a mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump's turbulent presidency.

Two other sources close to the White House said that Trump is already blaming retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan for what the President's team is billing as a bad night.

In fact, on average, the party of the president loses an average of 29 House seats and 2.5 Senate seats during the midterm elections.

Indeed, the election was in many ways a referendum on the president himself, two years after he beat most predictions and took the White House, even as he lost the popular vote.

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"Everything we have achieved is at stake", Mr Trump declared in his final day of campaigning.

Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden called on Americans to use their votes to reject Trump.

The tumultuous first 21 months of the Trump presidency has fired up progressives across the country, and prompted a swell of left-wing activism on policies like healthcare, gun control, and immigration - and a bitter crusade against broader societal issues ranging from sexual misconduct to rising white nationalism.

Election workers Mark Bezanson, left, and Julie Olson dump ballots collected earlier in the day from drop boxes onto a table for sorting at the King County Elections office, Monday, November 5, 2018, in Renton, Washington. We're also keeping a keen eye on the outcome of gubernatorial races in hotly contested states such as Florida and Georgia. Two-page ballots caused delays in NY, however, while voters in Georgia also faced long waits due to technical problems and high turnout, United States media reported. This time, they're sitting up. According to VoteCast, half of voters said the tumultuous process was very important to their vote and they broke for the Democratic House candidate.

At a poll site in Atlanta, voters waited in the rain in long lines that stretched around the building. For Democrats such as Rosen who are in razor-thin races, the potency of the health care argument could be crucial to their chances. All three seats had been heavily targeted by Democrats in 2016, but this year was different.

Even so, Democrats scented triumph, with Nancy Pelosi, the party's top leader in the House, saying "it's just a question of the size of the victory". Early voting results showed positive numbers for Democrats in urban districts.

Pelosi has remained noncommittal amid speculation that she would step aside to make way for new leadership, regardless of the election results.

Early results showed support for proposals to cap the state income tax, require voter ID at the polls, add protections for crime victims and ensure North Carolinians of the right to hunt and fish.

Speaking to reporters in Madrid on Tuesday, Lavrov lamented that Russian-American ties have become "hostage to internal political squabbles in America".

A fight over funding for the President's signature campaign trail promise of a wall along the US-Mexico border looms large when lawmakers return to Washington after the midterms and along with it, the threat of a partial government shutdown.

Lavrov also reiterated Moscow's position that it is not meddling in USA elections. Was the New Yorker just inspired by an old soviet cartoon on USA elections?

"I have worked at this poll the last three elections and this is the biggest turnout ever".

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