United States midterms: Democrats take House as Republicans retain grip on Senate

United States midterms: Democrats take House as Republicans retain grip on Senate

United States midterms: Democrats take House as Republicans retain grip on Senate

Two key GOP seats are at stake; in Arizona, GOP candidate Congresswoman Martha McSally is in a tightly contested race with Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema for the seat vacated by GOP Senator Jeff Flake; in Nevada incumbent GOP Senator Dean Heller is locked in a combative race with Democratic challenger Jacky Rosen.

But in Kentucky, one of the top Democratic recruits, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, lost her bid to oust to three-term Rep. Andy Barr in the Lexington-area district.

Republicans hadn't publicly given up hope Tuesday though that they could pull off a victory, and continued making their push to voters.

Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to win the House. "I think it's about the character of the country", he said in Wilmington, Delaware, where he voted.

Speaking on Fox News, Sanders said the candidates that Trump campaigned for are doing well.

"This is our source of strength", O'Rourke said as he voted in El Paso.

Trump and his fellow Republicans expanded their control of the US Senate in Tuesday's midterm elections, following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race and immigration.

After NBC Nightly News, NBC will be back with an election special at 8 p.m.

All 435 seats up for election, with 218 seats needed for the majority.

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Democrats won several of the Republican-held districts that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016, providing the backbone of their efforts to win the House majority. Potential 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls who seemed certain to win included Vermont independent Bernie Sanders and New York's Kirsten Gillibrand.

During an election-eve rally in Cleveland on Monday, President Trump claimed that mid-term elections, which used to be "boring", have now become the "hottest thing" because of him, attributing voter turnout and media attention to his presidency. Democratic congressional leaders and candidates have vowed on the campaign trail that their party will protect Americans with pre-existing conditions, while warning that Republicans will not. In turn, Trump has already been trying out defensive arguments, 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 has kept his focus on the Senate.

Long lines and malfunctioning machines marred the first hours of voting in some precincts across the U.S.

Strong turnout is reported across the nation, in particular among young voters.

"We will have a responsibility to find our common ground where we can, stand our ground where we can't", said Pelosi, who has been one of the most frequent targets for Trump's scathing attacks on his critics and political opponents.

"We've known from the beginning that history was not on our side this election cycle".

"Democrats, if they're going to win tonight and if they're going to win in 2020, have to have an affirmative, positive agenda, having nothing to do with President Donald Trump", Goodstein said. All three seats had been heavily targeted by Democrats in 2016, but this year was different.

The Democrats achieved a supermajority in the House when Rachel Prusak, a nurse, beat Republican Rep. Julie Parrish to represent a district south of Portland.

While political pundits may ultimately analyze Tuesday's results as a test of Trump, many Americans will undoubtedly base their vote on factors other than their feelings about the president: economic indicators, health care, tax reform, immigration or just their overall comfort level with the direction the country is headed.

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Pelosi has remained noncommittal amid speculation that she would step aside to make way for new leadership, regardless of the election results.

An election official in Tennessee's largest county says one precinct did not open on time but all polling places are now up and running.

Democrats performed well in the race for the House, a sprawling battlefield set largely in America's suburbs where more educated and affluent voters in both parties have soured on Trump.

Lavrov said he is hopeful that the election will help stabilize domestic politics in the U.S. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion. "Today, we say enough". There were no serious injuries but an estimated 11,000 residents were left without electricity. We should also expect to hear speeches from US Senator Elizabeth Warren and Governor Charlie Baker around now.

The National Weather Service warned of a possibility of high winds, severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes Tuesday around Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and the Mid-Atlantic region.

Americans began casting votes early today to determine the balance of power in the US Congress and shape the future of US Donald Trump's presidency.

Republicans have retained Senate control for two more years.

Democrats' very relevance in the Trump era depends on winning at least one chamber of Congress.

"They don't care. They want to use the impeachment power to vindicate their view of government".

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The first polls close at 6 p.m. EST.

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