Republicans Will Hold Majority In Senate After Democrats Take Back The House

Republicans Will Hold Majority In Senate After Democrats Take Back The House

Democrats struck first in the battle for the U.S. House of Representatives, ousting incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock in a suburban Virginia district outside Washington to pick up the first of the 23 seats they need to gain a House majority, according to data provider DDHQ and U.S. media outlets.

All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate, and 36 governorships are up for grabs as Americans cast their ballots.

"They've had two years to find out what it's like to have an unhinged person in the White House", said Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who leads the Democratic Governors Association.

Curbelo, a moderate and critic of President Donald Trump, was trying to defy the political winds against Trump.

The Republicans were likewise expected to keep their slim, 51-49 advantage in the Senate, or perhaps even add to their majority in the chamber.

Trump has maintained a busy campaign schedule in the final stretch of the race, with 11 rallies over six days.

Republicans had expected the GOP tax plan would be the cornerstone of their election agenda this year, but it became a potential liability in key states along the East and West coasts where residents could face higher tax bills because of limits on property and sales tax deductions.

Problems with voting machines prevented Americans from casting ballots in a dozen states, USA rights advocates said, following complaints about registration problems, faulty equipment and intimidation they have received throughout early balloting.

At a polling station in Arlington, Virginia, head election officer William Harkins said: "it's a very good turnout".

United States stocks opened flat on Tuesday as investors awaited the election results.

"What it means to be Republican is being rewritten as we speak", Fleischer said.

"I can't even contemplate it, it would be so indescribable", said former Congressman Steve Israel.

But Fox News' Decision Desk projection that Democrats will now control of the House gives hope to liberals who want to continue the Russian Federation investigation, and even introduce articles of impeachment against the president.

He claimed Monday that Democrats wanted to make America "a giant sanctuary city for drug dealers, predators, and bloodthirsty MS-13 killers". Fox News personality Sean Hannity and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh were also slated to be "special guests" at the final rally, according to Trump's campaign, though Hannity insisted on Twitter he would only be "covering (the) final rally for my show".

"This is our source of strength", O'Rourke said as he voted in El Paso.

Breaking the super majority in just one chamber would change the power dynamic in Raleigh.

The first national elections since Trump captured the White House in a 2016 upset became a referendum on the polarizing president, and a test of whether Democrats can turn the energy of the liberal anti-Trump resistance into victories at the ballot box.

Republicans, meanwhile, picked up at least three Senate seats in Missouri, North Dakota and in, and were poised to win a fourth in Florida.

Stirring fear of foreigners and trumpeting American nationalism worked for the real estate billionaire in his 2016 election victory against the Democrats' establishment candidate Hillary Clinton.

The two spoke Tuesday night. "Today, we say enough".

A record number of women appeared headed to Congress as polls closed Tuesday.

At least one race will last beyond Tuesday.

Democrat Amy McGrath, a former Marine Corps fighter pilot, is running neck-and-neck against incumbent Republican Andy Barr in a House race in Kentucky, a state Trump won by 30 points. The results of the election will be official after they are certified next week.

"I'm ready to ride the Blue Wave", said Barry Rubin, 60, displaying a surfboard that read "Surfers for Harley Rouda".

"If you want to know what socialism looks like, look at Venezuela.Andrew Gillum has been clear what he wants to do with Florida and it will drive people away from Florida", said Trump. They have also talked about pushing for improvements to the Obamacare system.

But as he touched down in IN for the second leg of his final-day tour Monday, even Trump conceded that the House may slip from his party's grasp.

How women and independent voters cast their ballots was likely to determine the outcome. This is a different breed of Democrat.