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It wasn't clear what "leaks" he was referring to. While, Colorado Democrat Jared Polis has been elected as the first openly gay US Governor while, Kansas Democrat Sharice Davids became first Native American woman in Congress.

The 2018 elections also exposed an extraordinary political realignment in an electorate defined by race, gender, and education that could shape US politics for years to come.

Trump's Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree.

Democrats boasted record diversity on ballots. At least 28 of them were elected to the House for the first time.

For Democrats, the road to the 218-seat majority ran through two dozen suburban districts Hillary Clinton won in 2016 and through swaths of Trump country in the Rust Belt and heartland where voters backed the president.

Democrats Rashida Tlaib in MI and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota both won their races for House seats, becoming the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress.

But also in Texas, Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, a charismatic congressman and former punk rock singer who had raised an unprecedented $60 million in his mission to win in the Republican stronghold, fell short to arch-conservative former presidential contender Ted Cruz. Those bills passed the House only to die in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to revise rules requiring 60 Senate votes for most bills, and pro-abortion Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski had the power to block simple-majority votes.

"We have the beginning of a new Democratic Party, younger, browner, cooler, more women, more veterans, can win in MI, can win in Pennsylvania, can win in OH", said Van Jones, a CNN political commentator.

More votes will be counted in the coming days, and those results could change.

Democrats were always facing an uphill battle in the Senate this year because they were defending 26 seats, while just nine Republican seats were up for grabs.

"Under President Trump's leadership, the Republican National Committee has raised more than a quarter billion dollars, fueling an extraordinary ground game geared toward defying midterm history and protecting the GOP's majorities". In Kentucky, one of the top Democratic recruits, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, lost her bid to oust to three-term Representative Andy Barr in the Lexington-area district.

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

Republicans paved their path to victory by defeating Democrats Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

Some hurt worse than others.

Trump and his allies have been working to whip up conservative voters into a furor ahead of the midterms.

On the other side of the country, in Atlanta, Georgia, voters waited in line for almost two hours to cast ballots, according to local media reports. "Certainly we feel good about where things are headed". She persuaded candidates to shut out the noise - "don't take the bait" - and stick with their legislative agenda of lowering health care costs, rebuilding the nation's infrastructure and delivering government reforms.

Individual races "will be close", she said, but because of the "quality of our candidates" and emphasis on preserving health care, "I feel confident we will win".

The president bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.

Kobach had built a national profile as an advocate of tough immigration policies and strict voter photo ID laws. Voters scored Trump positively on the economy and for standing up "for what he believes in".

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

Those Republican candidates who run for office with Trump at the top of the ticket will have a hard time establishing their own political identities - and they may not want to, as USA presidents by and large win their second terms.

Trump's scorched-earth campaigning came to define the 2018 campaign.