Democrats gain control of U.S

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Democrats needed a net gain of 23 seats to break the Republicans' eight-year hold on the House and gain a check on President Donald Trump. That shut down the last hope of Democrats who viewed Texas and Tennessee as two vulnerable spots. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is narrowly trailing his challenger Rep. Ron DeSantis.

In battlegrounds where Democrats were thought to have chances to gain seats, first-term Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen was in a close contest with Nevada Sen.

Less than a half hour later, the Associated Press projected that Donna Shalala would win the fight for Florida's 27th district, a position vacated by retiring Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. The Republican-controlled Senate will likely spend much of its time fulfilling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) longtime dream of packing the federal courts with conservative judges.

In Texas, Sen Ted Cruz staved off a tough challenge from Democrat Beto O'Rourke, whose record-smashing fundraising and celebrity have set off buzz he could be a credible 2020 White House contender. Joe Donnelly in Indiana. A disproportionate number of the seats up for election were in traditionally Republican states with Democratic incumbents.

Donald Trump has hailed the midterm elections a "tremendous success", despite losing the House. His approval rating - 39% in the latest CNN poll - is within the range where the President's party typically suffers heavy losses on Capitol Hill.

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. His connection with his most loyal fans remains so intense that some pundits believe he could help the GOP pull off a surprise.

AP VoteCast is a nationwide survey of more than 120,000 voters and nonvoters conducted for the AP by NORC at the University of Chicago. About a quarter supported him and nearly 40% said their vote was in opposition to the President.

Seventeen percent of voters were first-time voters, and the majority of these voters cast their House ballot for the Democratic candidate.

Tuesday night's results mark a comeback for the Democratic Party, which last held control of the House in 2010.

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Trump can speak to the American people when he is up for re-election and explain how he is the only one that can improve their lives because the Democrats just want to play political games.

Even so, Democrats were highly confident, with Nancy Pelosi, the party's top leader in the House, saying "it's just a question of the size of the victory".

"There's a great electricity in the air, like we haven't seen, in my opinion, since the '16 election". More women than ever were running, along with military veterans and minorities, many of them motivated by Trump's rise.

In midterm elections two years after he won the White House, Trump and his fellow Republicans expanded their majority in the US Senate following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues.

He was due to be joined by Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman and the President's ex-campaign aides, David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, a source familiar with the guest list said.

House Democrats could be banking on launching an investigation using the results of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's already 18-month-old probe of allegations of Russian interference on Trump's behalf in the 2016 presidential election.

Americans voted for all 435 seats in the House, and female candidates stole the spotlight in an election cycle that had been billed as the Year of the Woman. The victory by the staunchly pro-labor Brown, which was expected, underscored that Trump's 2016 dominance of that and other Midwestern states was not a lock.

Voters between the ages of 18 and 34 backed Democrats by 62% to 34%, up from 2014 when 54% backed Democrats and 36% supported Republicans.

Trump himself noted the energy as he wrapped up a punishing schedule of rallies around the country that were meant to boost Republican candidates - and his own brand heading towards reelection in 2020.

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