Democrats get first House pick-up of midterms

US midterm elections 2018 LIVE updates Voting underway as Donald Trump faces litmus test

There is a lot up for grabs Tuesday.

"Tomorrow will be a new day in America", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared from the Democratic Party headquarters in Washington. They won two seats in Florida, knocking off two incumbents there, and have won three seats in Pennsylvania, where court-ordered redistricting made the terrain more favorable to Democrats.

Republicans have held a supermajority in the state legislature and controlled 10 of North Carolina's 13 U.S. House seats.

Republicans now hold 33 governorships and 65 legislative chambers, with Democrats controlling 31 and 2 being tied, according to the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), which does not include Nebraska's nonpartisan, unicameral legislature in its count.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democrats who is considering the 2020 race, said that the two years since Trump ascended to the White House had ushered a new generation of women into public life.

According to Michael McDonald of the US Elections Project, 38.4 million Americans cast their ballots early ahead of this election, compared with 27.4 million in the 2014 midterm. He cited Trump rallies that drew thousands in crucial states during the campaign's closing weeks and added, "The president was THE factor".

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

Fundraising, polls and history were not on the president's side.

Can a moderate Republican survive in a swing district where disapproval with the President is creating significant headwinds?

But Democrats were disappointed elsewhere. Sen.

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There was a strong chance Mississippi's special election to complete the unexpired term of retired Republican Sen. Despite those moves, Lance might not be able to escape the shadow cast by Trump and the GOP agenda. Hillary Clinton carried both of these districts in 2016.

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. Seven seats are now vacant. "They've really become radicalized". A victory here by Porter, a progressive favorite who has endorsed single-payer health care, would send a signal of how far the politics of this area have moved.

Democrats Joe Manchin in West Virginia and Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin won their Senate re-election bids, both states Trump won in 2016. Iowa's 3rd District is a prime example. For example, Golden, who will be sworn in along with other winners on January 14, will have to be mindful he's from a fairly conservative district, Shortell said.

Faced with the possibility of keeping the Senate but losing the House, aides in recent days had laid out the political reality to Trump, who could face an onslaught of Democratic-run investigations.

But it remains to be seen whether Democrats' rage will amount to the so-called "blue wave" they have anticipated for almost two years, or whether it's even enough to gain the 23 seats needed to eke out a Democratic majority in the House.

The midterms also featured some potentially historic candidates, including Stacey Abrams, who would be the first black woman to be governor of Georgia if she won. Then Trump entered the picture. The Republicans have a majority in the House with 235 congresspeople to 193 Democrats. Now she faces a challenge from gun control activist Lucy McBath, whose son was shot and killed in 2012 after a dispute over loud music.

Democrats picked up the seats they need in large part by targeting suburban districts where Trump had grown increasingly unpopular, through a relentless focus on health care and other economic issues. Democrats hold a very narrow path to the majority - one that nearly certainly closes if Sen. Claire McCaskill's in Missouri appeared in doubt.

King is in a tough race with his Democratic challenger Liuba Grechen Shirley, a 37-year-old mother of two. Polls in the Show Me State show the race is deadlocked. Joe Donnelly versus Republican Mike Braun in IN; and Democratic Sen.

Democrats themselves sought to root their campaigns in more bread-and-butter issues, such as health-care and what they portrayed as Republican assaults on the popular aspects of Obamacare. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and potential 2020 presidential candidate Sen. One Trump campaign ad, playing on his fixation with a caravan of Central American migrants hundreds of kilometres away in Mexico, was deemed by a number of outlets to be too divisive - even racist - to continue airing. "The Democrats still essentially have no path to the majority without winning one of these three states: North Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas, and the Republicans retain what appear to be edges in all three".

Georgians were picking their next governor following a tight, bitter race in the southern state. In the short-term, it's a battle of political bases with progressive Democrat Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, facing off against former Rep. Ron DeSantis, who won the GOP primary by aligning himself closely with President Trump. Keep reading for a quick guide to the races you should pay the closest attention to tonight-and why.

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