In the last two decades there have only three election cycles where one party picked up 24 or more seats.
By the time the sun goes down in Australia, there should have a good idea of what the future holds for the US, Australia and the western world. It would be the first time the party has controlled the House since 2010.
At least 64 House races remain competitive, according to a Reuters analysis of the three top nonpartisan forecasters, and Senate control was expected to come down to a half dozen close contests in Arizona, Nevada, Missouri, North Dakota, Indiana and Florida. Polls in other key states including Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey closed at 8 p.m. EST.
Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democrats Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Minnesota's Amy Klobuchar were easily re-elected. And Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another potential 2020 contender, also won her race.
The surge of female candidates this year has drawn comparisons to the "Year of the Woman", when in 1992 voters sent 47 women to the House, and four women joined the Senate bringing women's numbers to six.
Democrats seized their first two Republican-held seats of the United States midterm elections Tuesday, November 6, networks projected, flipping House seats in Virginia and Florida seen as crucial to the opposition party's effort to regain a majority in the chamber.
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. He's campaigned for dozens of candidates at all levels of government.
Midterm elections are typically hard for the party in power, and GOP incumbents were on the defensive in many races across the country.
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.More news: More UV protection: UN says Earth’s ozone layer is healing
Despite the conventional wisdom that the President should have campaigned on strong jobs and wage growth, Trump has successfully pounded away at Democrats' support of sanctuary cities and the Central American caravans moving toward the U.S border as a wedge issue to speak to the concerns of suburban women in seven tight U.S. Senate races.
"The president has energized a staggering number of Americans at packed arenas and in overflow crowds at rallies across the country".
His opponents say taking control of the House and Senate is the only way to stop Trump's agenda on issues like immigration, nominating judges, and healthcare.
Trump has faced threats of impeachment over his conduct in relation to the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Midterm turnout by young adult voters, aged 18 to 29, most recently peaked in 1982, when 31.7 percent of that age group cast a ballot, according to Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University.
"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".
And 36 gubernatorial contests will be decided, with Democrats looking to put a dent in the current 17-seat advantage for Republicans.
Pelosi credits Democratic politicians and activists across the country with helping to fend off attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act following 2016 election results that left Republicans in control of Congress and the White House.
Unlike 2016, however, Democrats have historical trends on their side.
Nine Republican incumbents are defending House seats in districts where Trump's margin of victory in 2016 was less than 5 percentage points.More news: Prince Charles, Princess Camilla arrive Nigeria
A full picture of the voting results will not emerge for hours, with numerous most important races considered toss-ups heading into election day.
Polls in most states close between 6pm and 8pm (local time) with official results expected in the hours after that.
In recent years, as America has grown more deeply divided along partisan lines, this is becoming the case less and less.
A rainbow forms over the US Capitol as evening sets on midterm Election Day in Washington on Tuesday. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.
He said, "All the accusations that we will be meddling in today's elections turned out to be empty statements".
This Lexington-area district will be one of the first places we see votes on Election Night and could offer an early clue at just how energized Democrats are this year.
As voters head to the polls Tuesday, nothing was certain.
A Republican victory in both chambers of Congress would be a validation for Mr Trump's polarising style, a month after he solidified a conservative majority on the Supreme Court when the Senate confirmed his nominee Brett Kavanaugh after a fight over sexual misconduct accusations against the jurist.
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