Democrats rode a wave of dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, Fox News and NBC News projected, giving Democrats the opportunity to block Trump's agenda and open his administration to intense scrutiny. Weather could affect turnout, with residents of several states in the Deep South and Mid-Atlantic contending with thunderstorms, high winds and power outages. Voter turnout was more than 57 percent - 428,408 votes.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., right, shakes hands with a campaign worker November 6, 2018, in Santee, Calif. Democrats will also be able to halt many items on Trump's legislative agenda, border wall funding, and a new middle-class tax cut.
Should Democrats fail tomorrow, the argument about what kind of progressive party they should be will start again.
She said that the Democratic House will be led with "transparency and openness".
The DSCC this week reminded reporters that two years ago, analysts were wondering whether the GOP would be on the cusp of a 60-seat Senate, given the favorable map: 26 Democrat-held seats, many in states Mr. Trump won in 2016, compared with just nine GOP-held seats. Fueling their intensity has been Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric and policies, his efforts to dismantle health care protections enacted under President Barack Obama and the #MeToo movement's fury over sexual harassment.
While the occupant of the White House is typically central to midterm elections, Trump has worked especially hard to make this one about him.
"This is the single most important off-year election of my lifetime".
Gun control is a big issue in the race following the February shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead.
Mr. Trump called Mrs. Pelosi just before midnight to congratulate her and acknowledged her calls for bipartisanship, a Pelosi aide said.
Trump's Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree.
Democrats boasted record diversity on ballots.
But this year, women ran for office in unprecedented numbers, mostly as Democrats and many as first-time candidates. Republicans now hold a 51-49 edge in Senate seats and are a strong favourite to retain control of the legislative body.
Retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan hands off the GOP conference to his top deputies, current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, whom he has endorsed to replace him, and Whip Steve Scalise. Whether that shift is real or merely anecdotal, we'll see tonight.
The political realignment, if it solidifies, could re-shape USA politics for a generation.
While the economy continues to thrive, Trump has spent much of the campaign's final days railing against a caravan of Latin American immigrants seeking asylum at the USA border.
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.
Republicans were hoping those dynamics would be offset by a vibrant US economy and by a president whose insult-laden approach to political discourse was as stirring for conservative voters as it was infuriating to liberals. Cummings said in an interview that Democrats would be "careful, methodical and transparent".
There will be probes into the president's financial dealings, more on his connections to Russian Federation, inspections of the questionable policies and practices of some Cabinet members, and, says the next Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, "a deep dive" into ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia.
Along with better health care, other key issues that helped propel women were their pledges to better protect the environment and to help stop the rising incivility and divisions among Americans. "No matter who you voted for, I'm looking forward to representing you". Trump tweeted late Tuesday, seemingly choosing to focus on the Senate results.
Preliminary exit poll data found that Trump was a factor for nearly two-thirds of House voters. In Florida, incumbent Democratic Sen.
"I'm not pleased with Trump's leadership at all". "I like the fact that he is not a politician, and I forgive some of the socially incorrect or politically incorrect things that he says". "And I think that is in line with the values of Wake County".
Trump doesn't think much of that poll. She said she used to vote for candidates from both major parties, but vowed never to support a Democrat because she was so upset by how new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was treated in his confirmation process. Democrats also want to examine whether Michael Cohen ever traveled to Russia, and whether Donald Trump Jr. told his father about the Trump Tower meeting with Russians. But she lost a close race to Republican incumbent Andy Barr. "They may not be flawless, but who is?" All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and 36 of the 50 state governorships were up for grabs. Failure would leave them unable to check president Trump's power.
In the race for the Senate, Republicans picked up two seats, defeating Sen.
Given Trump's stunning victory in 2016, few expressed confidence in predictions. "So I feel very confident".