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In setback for Trump, Democrats seize US House control

08 November 2018

As Democrats are hoping to regain control of the House, only needing to flip 24 seats out of 435 seats up for grabs, the president endorsed 45 House candidates.

Early returns were also inconclusive in Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson hoping late votes in Democratic counties could narrow his slim deficit to his challenger, the outgoing Gov. Rick Scott.

There was another blow for Democratic morale as Texas Sen.

These are CNN's projections; the Associated Press hasn't projected the House or the Senate. Liberal House member Beto O'Rourke became a national sensation with his underdog US Senate campaign but fell short in conservative Texas, and Andrew Gillum was trailing Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become the first African-American governor of the key swing state of Florida. Joe Donnelly in Indiana.

Republicans do not have to defend as many vulnerable incumbents as Democrats in the midterms.

Although an incumbent president typically loses some of his party's seats in a midterm election, President Trump went out of his way to make the midterms a report card on his performance in office.

The campaign unfolded against a backdrop of jarring political imagery, heated rhetoric and angry debates on immigration, health care and the role of Congress in overseeing the president. His connection with his most loyal fans remains so intense that some pundits believe he could help the GOP pull off a surprise.

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AP VoteCast also shows a majority of voters considered Trump a factor in their votes.

"The climate in our country right now, it just feels very divisive", said Caitlyn Ziegler, a 27-year-old who waited an hour to vote in Kansas City. Two-thirds of voters said that they decided how to vote before the last month of the election.

Democrats could derail Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House.

The opposite trends in the House and the Senate speak to the quirks of the political system but also the growing divide between urban, diverse, more affluent Democratic areas and largely white, rural conservative regions.

He seized on scenes of a caravan of Central American migrants heading through Mexico for the U.S., mused on ending the constitutional guarantee of citizenship to all people born in the United States and ran a television advertisement, deemed too provocative to air by mainstream networks, that linked Democrats to a criminal who was an undocumented immigrant. But if Democrats have a good night, the entire premise of his presidency - an incessant effort to please his loyal political base, will be called into question.

To stem Republican losses, Trump sprinted through mostly white regions of the country, interjecting dark and foreboding warnings about what Democratic power would mean for the nation.

"There's a great electricity in the air, like we haven't seen, in my opinion, since the '16 election". However, Democrats have said they firmly intend to govern, developing legislation about health care and a tax cut for working families instead of the uber-rich and corporations.

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Republicans are expected to retain their slight majority in the U.S. Senate, now at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve U.S. Supreme Court and other judicial nominations on straight party-line votes.

U.S. Congresswoman Martha McSally running in the Arizona Senate race.

He was joined by Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman and the President's ex-campaign aides, David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, a source familiar with the guest list said.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders earlier minimised likely Democratic gains.

"Divisiveness is really tearing the country apart", Koutsogiogasi, a Democrat, said as he voted with his wife.

But Democrats have been fired up by anger at Trump's extraordinary attacks over the last few weeks against immigrants, claiming that his opponents seek to throw open the borders to "drug dealers, predators and bloodthirsty MS-13 killers".

The midterms also featured some potentially historic candidates, including Stacey Abrams, who would be the first black woman to be governor of Georgia if she won.

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In setback for Trump, Democrats seize US House control