U.S. midterm elections: A blow, or clear win for Trump?

Voters cast their ballots in Streetsboro Ohio

Voters cast their ballots in Streetsboro

Voters are ecstatic about the quantifiable results they have experienced under the Trump administration and they are eager to experience even more positive results and to see promises continued to be kept, which they recognize will be much harder for the president to do with a House or Senate controlled by the Democrats.

Now it looks like Republicans and Democrats will split control of Congress. Republicans have picked up enough Senate seats to block Democrats there, expanding GOP control over 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. If McGrath, the Democrat, wins in this solid Republican district, it could be a sign that that Democrats will take the House majority, because they'll likely win easier contests than this one.

Democrats seize their first two Republican-held seats of the U.S. midterm elections, as networks project the win of Jennifer Wexton (L) and Donna Shalala (R). Some 35 Senate seats were in play, as were nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature.

But what is the reason behind the surge in numbers and what are midterm elections for? Fundraising for both candidates topped $11 million.

"Most of the candidates that the president actually went in and campaigned for and who embrace the president are doing well tonight", she said.

Women also reached a record number in the Senate.

The president spent Election Day calling allies, tweeting endorsements and following news coverage, after concluding a six-day rally blitz in Missouri late Monday. Sens. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Tom Carper of DE and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island also won.

Trump called Pelosi Tuesday night to congratulate her on her party's success and acknowledged her call for bipartisanship, her spokesman said.

Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots, according to a ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by The Associated Press.

The Democratic candidates tried to stick to an economic message of lowering health care costs and investing in infrastructure to create jobs.

In an interview with Fox and Friends, Judge Andrew Napolitano have his assessment of what a Democratic majority in the House would mean for the Trump administration. Hillary Clinton carried both of these districts in 2016.

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In one of the first key House races to be called, Democrat Jennifer Wexton scored a victory for her party by defeating incumbent GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock in a suburban Virginia district that had been was considered a bellwether by both parties. Pelosi says that as few as 25,000 votes nationwide could swing the results. Like other Democrats across the country, Spanberger emphasized protecting people with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage or charged more by insurers.

Pennsylvania was particularly daunting for Republicans after court-imposed redistricting and a rash of retirements put several seats in play. We're also keeping a keen eye on the outcome of gubernatorial races in hotly contested states such as Florida and Georgia. For example, Golden, who will be sworn in along with other winners on January 14, will have to be mindful he's from a fairly conservative district, Shortell said.

United States voters elected two Muslim women, both Democrats, to Congress on Tuesday, marking a historic first in a country where anti-Muslim rhetoric has been on the rise, American networks reported. Davids is also openly gay.

In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams is hoping to become the first African American woman to be elected governor in the US. Their restored majority comes thanks to many moderate candidates who beat Republicans in districts that voted for Trump.

The top race in Tennessee is between Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen for Tennessee's open U.S. Senate seat.

Trump and Republicans appeared to have the economy on their side heading into the election: Unemployment in October held at a 48-year low of 3.7 per cent.

The tax law was particularly problematic for Republicans in New Jersey, where at least three GOP-held seats flipped.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders minimized likely Democratic gains.

About a half-hour later, he gave GOP Rep. Peter King a shout-out.

"We always knew these races are going to be close", said Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, co-chair of House Democrats' recruitment efforts.

"We've got to get down to work as soon as we are sworn in on January 3 and make some real change come about. we're going to have a lot of brand new members - many of whom will come from tough districts, many of them that never served in any elected office in their higher lives".

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