Democrats Gain Control of House of Representatives, Projected Election Results Show

Democrats Gain Control of House of Representatives, Projected Election Results Show

Democrats began to scent a big night in the USA midterm elections Tuesday with early results pointing to them seizing the House of Representatives from the Republicans in what would be a dramatic rebuke to President Donald Trump. Almost 200 Democratic women are running for Congress this year, compared to just 59 Republicans.

Despite a seemingly energized grassroots electorate, the Democratic Party has been viewed as a long shot to take back control of the Senate where Republicans now hold a narrow majority of 51 seats to 49 seats for Democrats.

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. Both Florida and Georgia have open governor's seats, and both races feature a black Democratic critic of the president squaring off against a white, Trump-supporting Republican.

Drawing attention like few other midterm contests, the election has pitted competing visions of the country against each other, with race often being front and centre, punctuated by two racially tinged crimes.

Midterm elections are typically hard for the party in power, and GOP incumbents were on the defensive in many races across the country.

"They (Republicans) have been trying to take Medicare away form us, our medical services, and it's important that we vote for candidates who will defend that", he said at a polling place in Tornillo, Texas.

The campaign unfolded against a backdrop of nasty rhetoric and angry debates on immigration, health care and the role of Congress in overseeing the president.

In Indiana, Republican Mike Braun knocked off Democratic Sen.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has made it clear that, under her leadership, impeaching Trump is "not a priority". He'd cast ballots for President Obama twice and voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but said after rising stocks and dropping unemployment, he was backing Republicans on Tuesday.

Donald Trump is a factor for 65 percent of American voters - and of those, 39 percent said they oppose him versus only 26 percent in support.

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

Facebook also blocked about 115 user accounts after United States authorities tipped it off to suspicious behaviour that may be linked to a foreign entity, the company said hours voting began. It remains unclear whether Begich can consolidate the vote in just two and a half weeks, but the most recent polls have shown either a tied race or one with Dunleavy up by five points. Young voters promised to vote in record numbers as they waged mass protests in the wake of the February mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that left 17 students and staff dead.

"When we win, on the opening day, our democratic congress will be open and transparent", Pelosi said at an event on the morning of the election.

She also dismissed the possibility of a "blue wave" winning the midterms, citing the crowds that have come to hear the president speak.

In Virginia, political newcomer Jennifer Wexton defeated two-term GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock.

The GOP's hold on the majority was complicated by an unusually large number of retirements as well as persistent infighting between conservatives and centrists, with much of the conflict centered on the question of allegiance to President Trump.

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. The GOP now holds 12 of the 17 competitive seats, compared to just four for the Democrats. Many of those tossups will be crucial to determining the exact majority for Democrats and whether Pelosi can hold onto her position.

The committee also distanced itself from eight-term Rep. Steve King of Iowa after racial remarks, and his seat was unexpectedly contested in the final week of the campaign. All 435 House seats are up for grabs today.

Trump was watching the results roll in from the White House, where he spent the day holed up with friends and family.

"The climate in our country right now, it just feels very divisive", said Caitlyn Ziegler, a 27-year-old who waited an hour to vote in Kansas City.

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