Republicans Keep Senate Majority As Democrats Make Gains In The House

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

Democrats won control of the House Tuesday night, while Republicans held their Senate majority as voters rendered a mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump's turbulent presidency.

The Democrats took back the House on Election Night prompting speculation about the Democrats launching investigations into the Trump administration. "He acknowledged the Leader's call for bipartisanship in her victory remarks".

Fox News declared at 9:45 p.m. that Democrats had gained at least 23 seats in the lower chamber, giving Democrats control of the House for the first time since 2010. However, Goodstein believes that the relative silence over the alleged links between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation will be broken again as soon as the Democrats take over the House.

In his time in office, Mr Trump has pushed tax cuts through Congress and overseen a period of economic and jobs growth, but has failed so far to deliver on presidential campaign promises to replace the Obamacare healthcare law and build a wall on the Mexican border that he has said is needed to combat illegal immigration.

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

Almost 40% of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while about 25% said they voted to express support for Trump.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded the Russian government meddled in the 2016 election with social media posts meant to spread misinformation and sow discord, an accusation denied by Moscow.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Americans have "had enough of division", declaring: "Tomorrow will be a new day in America".

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"We'll strive for bipartisanship, seeking common ground as we are responsible to do".

While a Democratic House would block some of Trump's plans, a GOP majority enables the president to continue restocking the American judiciary with judges that rule according to the Constitution rather than social agendas.

Democrats faced a far more hard challenge in the Senate, where they were nearly exclusively on defense in rural states where Trump remains popular. In turn, Trump has already been trying out defensive arguments, noting that midterm losses are typical for the party in the White House, pointing out a high number of GOP retirements and stressing that he had kept his focus on the Senate. But one of the Democrats, Lyman Hoffman, joined the Republican leadership.

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. Political gridlock between the White House and Congress could hinder Trump's pro-business agenda and raise concerns about USA political instability, but investors may have already priced this in.

At least 64 House races remain competitive, according to a Reuters analysis of the three top non-partisan forecasters, and Senate control was expected to come down to a half dozen close contests in Arizona, Nevada, Missouri, North Dakota, Indiana and Florida.

Some of the biggest Democratic stars of the campaign lost. Ted Cruz fended off Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke, and Tennessee, where Rep. Marsha Blackburn defeated Democrat Phil Bredesen.

She was the nation's first female speaker.

In gubernatorial races, Republican Kris Kobach, a Trump ally, was beaten by a Democrat in Kansas.

During an election-eve rally in Cleveland on Monday, President Trump claimed that mid-term elections, which used to be "boring", have now become the "hottest thing" because of him, attributing voter turnout and media attention to his presidency. Hispanic voters favored Democratic House candidates by 33 percentage points - higher than the 18-percentage point gap that Democrats enjoyed in 2014, the poll found.

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