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Polls Closing in Midterm Elections with Trump's Agenda on the Line

Polls Closing in Midterm Elections with Trump's Agenda on the Line

Democratic candidates had won or were leading in a net dozen or so House of Representative seats held by the Republicans by about 8:30 p.m., apparently on target for gaining the 23 extra districts needed to seize a majority in the House. But, from his very first day in the White House, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pauses Missouri campaign rally after woman collapses Fox News hosts join Trump on stage at Missouri campaign rally Nate Silver in final midterm projections: "Democrats need a couple of things to go wrong" to lose the House MORE beat the odds and reached goal after goal in his fight to make America great again. There are 35 seats up for election this year, and 26 are held by Democrats, meaning Democrats have a lot to defend.

Among the key issues that matter to voters, four in 10 people said healthcare topped their list, while 20 percent of people said the economy and immigration was their primary concern, respectively.

In midterm elections two years after he won the White House, Trump and his fellow Republicans were set to maintain their majority in the U.S. Senate, CNN, NBC and ABC News said, following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues.

Voters cast their ballots in the midterm elections on November 6, 2018, in Appleton, Wisconsin.

The Democrats, in turn, benefited from extraordinary voter enthusiasm, robust fundraising and unusually fresh candidates.

A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation. And Pelosi would look to regain the speakership. Sens. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Tom Carper of DE and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island also won.

On Tuesday night, he called to congratulate Pelosi and acknowledged her plea for bipartisanship, the leader's spokesman said.

Some 38.4 million Americans have cast their ballots in early voting compared to 27.4 million in the 2014 midterms, according to the US Elections Project.

Preliminary exit poll data found that Trump was a factor for nearly two-thirds of House voters.

The Democratic candidates tried to stick to an economic message of lowering health care costs and investing in infrastructure to create jobs.




Opposition control of the house could seriously impede Trump's plans for the next two years, which include trying to build a wall along the Mexican border, possible new tax cuts and more attempts to dismantle Obamacare.

In the Miami area, former Clinton administration Cabinet member Donna Shalala defeated television journalist Maria Elvira Salazar in a costly, roller-coaster contest.

In the suburbs outside the nation's capital, Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock - among the most endangered GOP incumbents, branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats - lost to Jennifer Wexton, a prosecutor and state legislator. The five-term incumbent broke with his party and voted against the Republican tax bill and the GOP's 2017 effort to repeal and replace 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.

But with his party losing its majority in the House, the results represented a bitter setback for Trump after a campaign that became a referendum on his leadership. The Republicans won the governor races in Florida and OH, according to exit polls. Trump carried the district by three points as part of his nine-point victory in the state. Also victorious was Republican Mitt Romney, the vanquished 2012 GOP presidential candidate, who grabbed an open Utah seat.

In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams is hoping to become the first African American woman to be elected governor in the US. Still, while Bill Clinton and the Democrats lost 54 seats to Republicans in 1994, and Barack Obama and the Democrats lost 63 seats to the Republicans in 2010, it doesn't look like Donald Trump and the Republicans will lose almost that many seats to Democrats in these 2018 midterms.

Midterm elections are typically hard for the party in power, and GOP incumbents were on the defensive in many races across the country. Democrat Mikie Sherrill, a former Navy pilot and federal prosecutor, was favored for a suburban Newark seat.

The GOP campaign committee distanced itself from eight-term Rep. Steve King of Iowa after he was accused of racism and anti-Semitism, but he won anyway.

There are 36 gubernatorial seats and hundreds of state legislature seats in play.

"We always knew these races are going to be close", said Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, co-chair of House Democrats' recruitment efforts.

Carol Harvey, a McLean resident who says she always votes for Democrats, stressed the importance of this year's election, saying that "it's critical, Republicans aren't normal".