Democrats strike first as polls close in most USA states

Voters in Detroit Michigan show up to cast their ballots in the US midterm elections

In the race for a state Supreme Court seat, Democrat Anita Earls appeared poised to win after Chris Anglin and incumbent Barbara Jackson split the Republican vote.

Of course, Democrats have been in this position before: Two years ago, polling indicated that Hillary Clinton was more likely become the next President of the United States, and she fell short in a night that shocked the country. Analysts expect pressure on stocks if Democrats gain control of the House and a sharper downward reaction if they win the Senate, too.

The Associated Press called the very first US House race at 6:32pm, when Republican Hal Rogers safely won re-election in Kentucky's fifth congressional district.

Some 182 Republican incumbents are defending House seats in districts Trump won in 2016.

In Virginia's 7th District, a Republican-leaning area near Richmond, Republican Rep. Dave Brat was in a tight race with Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer.

Cruz is expected to keep his seat in the Senate, but a win for O'Rourke would send a real signal to Republicans that their "safe" seats aren't as safe as they think.

Republicans had another pickup opportunity in New Jersey, where Democratic Sen.

The Democratic victory, she said, "is about restoring the Constitution's checks and balances to the Trump administration", and a check on Senate Republicans.

The mid-term elections are called the midterms because they come at the midpoint of the President's four-year term in office. The GOP's grip on high-profile governorships in Georgia and Wisconsin were at risk as well. One quarter of those casting a House ballot said they did so in part to support him.

AP VoteCast also shows a majority of voters considered Trump a factor in their votes.

Americans are turning out in record numbers to have their say on President Trump.

Today's elections are the first opportunity for Americans to have a say about Donald Trump's presidency. Do voters in Iowa and other spots on the Obama-Trump map swing back to the Democrats?

But going into Election Day, their target list was limited: They had a plausible chance of winning Republicans-held seats only in Arizona, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting.

In the second flip of the night, U.S. networks called a former member of Bill Clinton's cabinet, Democrat Donna Shalala, as victor of a House seat in Florida, where she takes the place of Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is retiring.

However, the Democrats will now head House committees that can investigate the president's tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and possible links between his 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation.

With some races still undecided, Democrats were headed for a gain of more than 30 seats, beyond the 23 they needed to claim their first majority in the 435-member House in eight years.

But if the Democrats were to dominate votes in either the House or Senate, they could block future legislation. More women than ever were running, along with veterans and minorities, many of them motivated by revulsion over Trump. "Do not let their scare tactics frighten you away from the polls".

Republicans are expected to retain their slight majority in the U.S. Senate, now at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve U.S. Supreme Court and other judicial nominations.

But the Democratic momentum was not strong enough to carry some prized House recruits over the finish line.

Voters reported that their No. 1 issue in this election was health care - mentioned by just under half of those surveyed.

"I'd love to get along and I think after the election a lot of things can happen", Trump said.

Trump and Republicans appeared to have the economy on their side heading into the election: Unemployment in October held at a 48-year low of 3.7 percent.

The nationwide survey indicated that almost two-thirds said Trump was a reason for their vote. He said since Trump has been president, he 's hired two more employees for his six-person company.

Problems with voting machines were preventing some Americans from casting ballots in a dozen states, U.S. rights advocates said, following complaints about registration problems, faulty equipment and intimidation they had received throughout early balloting. His campaign team created an advertisement focused on the caravan that was so racially charged that major TV networks pulled it. It would be the first time the party has controlled the House since 2010. For example, 36 states will decide on their governor on Tuesday. She is not running as a progressive firebrand, but just as Brat rode the Tea Party wave against Cantor, Spanberger could capitalize on the suburban backlash to the President in a traditionally Republican district.

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