A quick guide to following firsts for women in the Midterm results

A quick guide to following firsts for women in the Midterm results

Cruz is expected to keep his seat in the Senate, but a win for O'Rourke would send a real signal to Republicans that their "safe" seats aren't as safe as they think. That will give Trump a partial claim of victory and allow him to continue his drive to reshape the federal courts.

Democrats needed to pick up two dozen seats to seize the House majority and two seats to control the Senate.

Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots in the midterm elections, per a wide-ranging survey by The Associated Press.

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". And only twice in the past eight decades has the president's party picked up House seats in the midterms.

Democratic victories included the defeat of 11-term Texas Representative Pete Session, the chairman of the Rules Committee, by former professional football player Colin Allred in a Dallas-area district.

Tensions have been running high ahead of the midterms, with Democrats calling to shed civility and Republicans branding their opponents left-wing socialists.

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. Republicans maintained their strength in conservative, rural states, while Democrats made inroads across America's suburbs. Democrat Andrew Gillum is hoping to become the state's first African American governor.

"We did have two maniacs stop a momentum that was incredible, because for seven days nobody talked about the elections", the President said at a Missouri rally last week.

But if the Democrats wrest control of one or both chambers, they could stymie or even reverse Mr Trump's plans.

Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey beat Republican challenger Bob Hugin to win a third term, after the incumbent had been reprimanded by a Senate ethics panel after corruption charges were dismissed following a mistrial.

In Virginia's 7th District, a Republican-leaning area near Richmond, Republican Representative Dave Brat was trailing Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer.

With voters going to the polls Tuesday, nothing is certain.

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Republicans are bracing for a likely loss of seats in the House of Representatives but are favoured to hold on to the Senate. He was defeated by Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

Thirty-six of the 50 USA states elect governors this year, including about 10 considered toss-ups.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says he hopes the outcome of the USA midterm election will ease domestic tensions in the United States and enable Washington to focus on global issues.

"This was a hard campaign", Curbelo told reporters in Miami.

Pennsylvania looked particularly daunting for Republicans after redistricting and a rash of retirements put several seats in play.

"It could happen", President Trump acknowledged this past Friday evening about losing the lower chamber, echoing the same sentiments many strategists and lawmakers have been forecasting for the past year.

In one example, voter turnout in a critical swing district in Florida was 87% of what it was in 2016, when Trump won the presidency. If Dems can win 23 spots, they'll control the House.

In a possible sign of American interest in the election, advance voting was at levels above those in 2014 in at least 35 states, and reports suggested a heavy turnout on Tuesday as well.

A major surge in early voting also sparked speculation that the so-called "Trump effect" was motivating progressive voters to turn out in record numbers - but as numerous election experts have pointed out, early voting has been a rising trend for years, and it's unclear whether all those early voters support Republicans or Democrats. AP VoteCast also showed a majority of voters considered Trump a factor in their votes. And Florida has a competitive US Senate election, where Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson has led Republican Governor Rick Scott by a few points.

If ever there was an off-year election for younger voters to break tradition, this is it.

"From obtaining Trump's tax returns to investigating the trademarks his family has received from China to the profitability of the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., to the question of Russian collusion in the 2016 election, the Democrats will be able request information from executive branch officials and private parties, using the power of a congressional subpoena and the threat of being held in contempt of Congress should one not comply". He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting.

Campaigns unfolded against a backdrop of jarring political imagery, heated rhetoric and angry debates on immigration, health care and the role of Congress in overseeing the president.

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