Democrats' hopes high for taking House, but nothing certain

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But other high-profile contests have yet to be decided.

"The midterm elections used to be, like, boring", Trump told a crowd in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is narrowly trailing his challenger Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Voters will "define the future, not just of Texas, but of this country, not just of this generation but every generation that follows", said Democrat Beto O'Rourke, who is challenging Senator Ted Cruz in traditionally deep-Republican Texas. Marsha Blackburn, who called herself a "hardcore, card-carrying conservative", became the first female senator ever elected from Tennessee. Democratic Senate incumbents are up for re-election, for example, in North Dakota, West Virginia, and Montana - states Trump carried by 30 percentage points on average two years ago.

Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots in the midterm elections, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by The Associated Press.

In the final days of the campaign, Trump amped up his rhetoric, peppering his rallies with improbable doomsday scenarios should the Democrats win control of one or both congressional bodies. His connection with his most loyal fans remains so intense that some pundits believe he could help the GOP pull off a surprise.

Around 40% of 2018 voters said they want President Donald Trump impeached, according to CNN's national exit polls.

"I think, like the TV stations have been saying, it's a referendum on the Trump presidency", said Eloisa Alvarez as she voted in Miami. The results of the election will be official after they are certified next week.

If Democrats do win the House, they are expected to launch investigations into Mr Trump's administration and business affairs, from tax returns to potential conflicts of interest, while thwarting his legislative agenda.

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.

Trump is still trusting his feel for what voters want to hear.

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

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. Other Republican incumbents in the area also trail, including state Rep. Andy Dulin, who had an out-of-state DUI charge come to light late in the race, and state Rep. Scott Stone, who has conceded his race.

Trump's Republicans now control both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Many Democrats, already benefiting from anti-Trump enthusiasm, focused on bread-and-butter issues like maintaining health insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for the elderly.

The President planned to have dinner with his family and to watch the results, which could have a profound impact on the rest of his term and could reshape Washington's balance of power, in the residence of the White House.

And Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, won an open Senate seat in Utah.

"He is really angry at Ryan", one source said on "everything".

Americans are voting for all 435 seats in the House and 35 out of 100 seats in the Senate, a as well as state governors.

In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams is hoping to become the first African American woman to be elected governor in the US.

Down south in Georgia, race is key with claims of anti-black and minority voter suppression.

"They (Republicans) have been trying to take Medicare away form us, our medical services, and it's important that we vote for candidates who will defend that", he said at a polling place in Tornillo, Texas.

At the House Judiciary Committee, Democrats are expected to schedule hearings on President Trump's use of the pardon power and questions surrounding obstruction of justice of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe. Rep.

Trump's long-touted plans to build a wall on the Mexican border to prevent illegal immigration have not had funding approved by the Republican-controlled Congress and a Democratic victory in the House would further stymie the idea.



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