Health care, immigration and economy top issues as Americans cast midterm votes

Health care, immigration and economy top issues as Americans cast midterm votes

While the Republican Party retained control of the Senate, a win for the Democrats in the House would end the GOP monopoly on power in Washington and open a new era of divided government. That will give Trump a partial claim of victory and allow him to continue his drive to reshape the federal courts. It would be the first time the party has controlled the House since 2010. If Democrats are on fire, this is also the hour when the bottom could fall out for Republicans, and the House majority could be called.

This left the Democrats on course to pick up... The party has pledged to check the president's power and start a slew of investigations on matters including his tax returns, Russian involvement in the 2016 election and actions by his administration. According to VoteCast, women voted considerably more in favor of their congressional Democratic candidate: About 6 in 10 voted for the Democrat, compared with 4 in 10 for the Republican.

A Reuters analysis of the past half century showed stocks fared better in the two calendar years after congressional elections when Republicans control Congress and the presidency than when Democrats controlled the two branches, and at least as well as during times of gridlock.

The incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly is under pressure from his Republican challenger Mike Braun.

In Texas, Sen Ted Cruz staved off a tough challenge from Democrat Beto O'Rourke, whose record-smashing fundraising and celebrity have set off buzz he could be a credible 2020 White House contender. Democratic Senate incumbents were up for re-election, for example, in North Dakota, Indiana, and Missouri - states Trump carried by nearly 25 percentage points on average two years ago.

Rashida Tlaib, a social worker born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents, won a House seat in a district where she ran unopposed by a Republican candidate. The Republicans had an advantage in Senate races because elections were held for only 35 seats in the 100-member chamber and many of them were in states that often lean Republican. He was defeated by Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

But in some other toss-up races, the GOP managed to hold on.

Early results began to trickle in from states such as in, site of a vital US Senate race, and Kentucky, home of a pivotal US House of Representatives race, but it could be hours before the winners are determined. "This country, our politics are in a very bad place". Democrats who picked up Republican-held seats included Donna Shalala, a former Cabinet secretary under President Bill Clinton, in Florida. Almost $18 million has been spent on TV ads in the race between nine-term GOP Rep. John Culberson and Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, an attorney. McGrath raised millions in small donations and rocketed into contention thanks to a viral video introducing her candidacy, but her bid fell short in a district where Trump beat Clinton by 15 percentage points. Perhaps most importantly, they are voting in representatives to the Senate and to the House of Representatives (the House).

While these were the first two districts to flip, Democratic leaders had appeared positive throughout the day on Tuesday.

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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. In turn, Trump began trying out defensive arguments ahead of Election Day, noting that midterm losses are typical for the party in the White House, pointing out a high number of GOP retirements and stressing that he had kept his focus on the Senate.

While the occupant of the White House is typically central to midterm elections, Trump has worked especially hard to make this one about him.

Preliminary exit poll results reported by ABC News showed that 18- to 29-year-olds accounted for 13 percent of voters nationally, up from 11 percent in 2014.

This midterm election has generated a lot more heat and a lot more voter interest than previous midterms because in many ways it's a referendum on President Trump. Still, Republican voters tended to be overwhelmingly supportive of the president. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting.

Democrats themselves sought to root their campaigns in more bread-and-butter issues, such as health-care and what they portrayed as Republican assaults on the popular aspects of Obamacare.

Despite positive feelings about the economy, overall, voters were pessimistic about the direction of the country.

Midterm elections are typically hard for the party in power, and GOP incumbents were on the defensive in many races 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.

Women also reached a record number in the Senate.

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