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Democrats seize US House in rebuke to Trump

Democrats seize US House in rebuke to Trump

The Trump administration now holds power in all branches of government - the presidency, the Congress and the Supreme Court - and if Democrats were to take back the House, they could put a pin in much of Trump's agenda.

Trump boasted a growing economy but campaigned aggressively in the closing days on a hardline anti-immigration message.

Mr Trump's party is projected to hold on to the upper chamber in Congress, where they now hold a slim 51-49 majority.

In the Senate, Republican Mike Braun snatched the seat from Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly, but corruption scandal-tainted Senator Bob Menendez saved his seat for the Democrats in New Jersey.

Beto O'Rourke, a charismatic Democrat who lost in a closely watched bid to dethrone Republican Senator Ted Cruz in Texas, told voters that Trump was wrong, describing his state as built from "immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees".

Wisconsin is one of the worst states for the President.

Fox News first projected that the Democratic Party would win the majority of the House of Representatives.

The loss of the House spells the end of a political era for Republicans who rode into town on a Tea Party wave whipped up by fury over Obamacare and huge government spending in the wake of the Great Recession. Democrats will also be able to provide a check on the administration's priorities, such as tax cuts and deregulation.

Republicans entered the night commanding the Senate only narrowly, 51-49. When he left office, Democrats controlled just 13 states.

The House races do not affect the Senate's ability to confirm pro-life judges and Supreme Court nominees.

Blackburn, a conservative and ardent Trump backer, defeated former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, 74. Heitkamp was hurt late in her campaign by an ad that mistakenly named some women as victims of sexual abuse.

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"She forecasts Democratic victories across the country, but with a small overall margin of victory".

Secondly, the surprise election of Trump in 2016 was the result of a few thousand votes being cast for him unexpectedly in Midwestern states that won him the electoral college. Democratic incumbents also prevailed in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, Midwestern states that Trump carried narrowly two years ago. According to VoteCast, half of voters said the tumultuous process was very important to their vote and they broke for the Democratic House candidate.

Campaigns unfolded against a backdrop of jarring political imagery, overheated rhetoric and angry debates on immigration, health care and the role of Congress in overseeing the president.

The California Democrat doesn't think Americans fully understand the significance of the speaker's job - which, after the vice president, is next in line to the White House. "And so this really was my opportunity to help this country in changing who is making the decisions".

Since 1946, the president's party has lost an average of 25 House seats in midterm elections, according to Gallup.

Of course it is possible that again, undecided voters will break for Trump and the Republican vote will be higher than expected in today's midterm elections.

Trump encouraged voters to view the 2018 midterms as a referendum on his leadership, pointing proudly to the surging economy at recent rallies.

"I don't care", he said.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while about 25 percent said they voted to express support for Trump.

In other results, Vermont independent Sen.

In South King County's 47th District, Rep. Mark Hargrove, R-Covington, trailed Democratic challenger Debra Entenman by about four points. Along with Sherrod Brown, a pro-labor lawmaker re-elected in OH, the four are considered potential 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls. Democrats who picked up Republican-held seats included Donna Shalala, a former Cabinet secretary under President Bill Clinton, in Florida. Bob Menendez won a third Senate term, despite a federal bribery indictment that prosecutors dropped this year after a mistrial.