Democrats take control of House: US congressional election results

Democrats take control of House: US congressional election results

In the lead-up to the election, Republicans privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but feared the House could slip away.

History is not on any president's side in a midterm election.

"Everything we have achieved is at stake", Trump declared in his final day of campaigning.

Democratic former vice-president Joe Biden called on Americans to use their votes to reject Mr Trump. "I feel to a certain extent I have no choice, but maybe I do", the president said.

A full picture of the voting results will not emerge for hours, with numerous most important races considered toss-ups heading into election day. But in the first midterm under Trump - an utterly unconventional president - there are many unknowns, above all the bottom-line impact of a president who has driven both supporters and foes to a rare fever pitch of emotion.

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

Earlier in the day, Trump said during a tele-town hall organized by his re-election campaign that the media would treat the midterm results as a referendum on his presidency.

The president's current job approval, set at 40 percent by Gallup, was the lowest at this point of any first-term president in the modern era.

Two decades after being trounced in 1874, Republicans more than made up for their losses, winning 116 House seats and five Senate seats.

In 1892, conservative Democrat Grover Cleveland was the first president re-elected to nonconsecutive terms.

The case ended up with a hung jury and a mistrial and the charges were dropped. It is now made up of 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats.

All 435 seats in the U.S. House were up for re-election, although fewer than 90 were considered competitive.

Republicans are in control more often than not in state capitols across the country, but Democrats were trying to pull a little closer in elections Tuesday for governor and state legislature.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders easily won his third term. He's been spending a lot of time in New Hampshire. Indeed, there were reports that White House officials had told the president to brace himself for a very tough night.

After the disputed presidential election of 1876 between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel Tilden, the House majority had enough clout to force a compromise on the deadlocked result and push a Republican administration to end Reconstruction.

Democrats were laser-focused on health care as they predicted victories that would break up the GOP's monopoly in Washington and state governments.

The party's task was much more hard in the Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority but Democrats are defending 10 seats in states won by the president two years ago. Perhaps more important, they would claim subpoena power to investigate Trump's personal and professional shortcomings.

Trump bucked tradition as a candidate by not releasing his tax returns. Others have pledged to pursue impeachment, although removal from office is unlikely so long as the GOP controls the Senate or even maintains a healthy minority.

Trump blamed the political vitriol on election season.

For the Democrats, that means an appeal to the reliable demographics such as young people, college-educated older people, and minorities. If Republicans hold their ground, stocks could gain further, with hopes of more tax cuts ahead. The White House has insisted his taxes remain under audit and can not be released before that is complete.

The demographic divides were coloring the political landscape in different ways.

"And they want to erase America's borders", Trump told a raucous rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee late Sunday.

One of the most expensive and closely watched Senate races is in Texas, where incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz is facing Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke.

"The president's party nearly always loses seats in the midterm, so it will not be a surprise if there are Democratic gains", West said.

Democrats boasted record diversity on ballots.

"On the other hand, several factors favor Republicans". But even when Alaska previously was under single-party rule - Sean Parnell was the Republican governor and the House and Senate were all Republican-led - Parnell couldn't get some of his key legislation passed.

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