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Dems on track to lose Senate seats, gain some in House

Dems on track to lose Senate seats, gain some in House

The vote in that district, which has the highest household income in the country, was a clear rejection of a Trump ally, and a sign that Democrats could easily dominate the suburbs.

In the House, Democrats picked up seats across the map.

Democrats failed to defeat a vulnerable incumbent in Kentucky, where Republican Rep. Andy Barr won over former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath.

In the House of Representatives, however, the story is different.

The loss of power will test Trump's political hold on House Republicans, most of whom had pledged their support for him lest they face the wrath of the party's core supporters, who remain in his corner.

Keeping hold of the Senate is especially important for President Donald Trump since it will give the White House the chance to press on with one of his major legacy-building initiatives: restocking the federal judiciary with conservatives.

Should they win back a majority in the House, Democrats are expected to launch a flurry of investigations into the president and his administration.

"Maybe you get a ripple, but I certainly don't think that there's a blue wave", she told reporters, pointing to several early Republican wins.

Midterm elections are typically hard for the party in power, and GOP incumbents were on the defensive in many races across the country. More women than ever were running, along with veterans and minorities, many of them motivated by alarm over Trump's rise. "If Jeff Flake challenges Trump, we're in for a very interesting scenario in which it's possible for an as-yet-unnamed Democrat to come through simply because of a split in the right in the Republican Party".

While a Democrat House could block some of Trump's legislative plans, a GOP majority in the Senate enables the president to continue restocking the American judiciary with judges that rule according to the Constitution rather than social agendas. She ran on preventing gun violence and protecting the environment, but her main focus was on health care and the Affordable Care Act, which Curbelo voted to repeal. AP VoteCast also showed a majority of voters considered Trump a factor in their votes.

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In midterm elections two years after he won the White House, Trump and his fellow Republicans expanded their majority in the US Senate following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues.

How women and independent voters cast their ballots was likely to determine the outcome.

Outside Richmond, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat faced an unusually strong challenge from Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act. Like other Democrats across the country, Spanberger emphasized protecting people with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage or charged more by insurers.

For nearly two years, Trump's rule-breaking, sometimes chaotic administration has enjoyed a largely free hand from the twin Republican-controlled chambers, but the midterms could finally see his wings clipped.

They lost at least three of those six seats in Indiana, Missouri, and North Dakota. "The choice is clear: it's a choice between prosperity and higher taxes".

The Republican majority will leave town with Obamacare still the law of the land and with a deficit going through the roof on the back of GOP tax cuts.

Within two hours of polls closing the closely watched midterm elections, Democrats quickly had a sign that the night might go their way when a key suburban district in Virginia changed hands. The current session comprises 235 Republicans, 193 Democrats and seven vacant seats (five of which were last held by Republicans).

The GOP campaign committee distanced itself from eight-term Rep. Steve King of Iowa after racial remarks, and his seat was unexpectedly contested in the final week of the campaign.

If control of the House comes down to several tight races in California, the nation may have to wait until Wednesday or even several days later for a final tally. The forecast indicated the GOP would pick up two seats and end up with a 53-47 advantage.