Democrats Will Likely Reclaim Control Of The House Of Representatives

Democrats Win First Two Republican Held Seats In US Midterms

At the same time, the nets said Republicans would hang onto control of the Senate. Such a development would divide control of the United States legislature and hinder President Donald Trump's policy agenda for the next two years. Pelosi said Americans have all "had enough of division".

Trump spent election night watching returns with family and friends at the White House, his shadow looming large over the results.

"With Democrats' leadership in the state solidified, NY can pass policies previously blocked by Republicans to expand health care coverage, address climate change, and ensure women retain the right to make their own medical decisions", Jessica Post, executive director for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, said in a statement on Tuesday. The GOP is poised to enlarge its majority by at least two seats.

Meanwhile, Republicans Mike Braun and Kevin Cramer won Democratic-held Senate seats in IN and North Dakota, ousting incumbents Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp.

Wisconsin is one of the worst states for the President.

Tripling the Democratic pain, North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp crashed to defeat against Republican state lawmaker Kevin Cramer, while Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill lost to the state's attorney general, Republican Josh Hawley. Now they must defend Trump's hard-line rhetoric and policy on issues like immigration and trade, despite tensions within the party over those same issues.

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.

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". Democrats in the House vow to launch wide-ranging investigations into Trump, his business dealings and the transparency of his administration.

Republicans now have majorities in both chambers of Congress, but polls show that the Democrats are poised to capture the House of Representatives.

Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a 2016 Democratic presidential contender, and Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton's vice presidential nominee in 2016, easily won re-election, news networks projected. "He acknowledged the Leader's call for bipartisanship in her victory remarks". Trump won Texas with more than 52% of the vote in 2016.

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His connection with his most loyal fans remains so intense that some pundits believe he could help the GOP pull off a surprise. A disproportionate number of the seats up for election were in traditionally Republican states with Democratic incumbents.

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Voters also punished moderate Senate Democrats running in Trump-heavy states who opposed the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

"We always knew these races are going to be close", said Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, co-chair of House Democrats' recruitment efforts.

In suburban Virginia, Democrat Jennifer Wexton ousted incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock, while another Democrat, Donna Shalala, seized a Republican district in Florida.

They focused on recruiting diverse candidates that might have once seemed outside the box for the party.

History was on the Democrats' side in the House.

Democrats failed to pick up some tougher GOP-held seats in Florida, Texas and Kentucky.

The Democratic gains were fuelled by women, young and Hispanic voters, a Reuters/Ipsos Election Day poll found. Fifty-five percent of women said they backed a Democrat for the House this year, compared to 49% in the 2014 midterm congressional election.

Americans voted enthusiastically, with long lines quickly forming at polling stations from NY to California and from Missouri to Georgia. Activists bypassed Pelosi's vast party apparatus, which shoveled $129 million to the Democratic campaign committee, and instead rewarded candidates through online donations and social media promotion. The governor, in a debate during the Democratic primary, said he expects to serve out a full four-year term.

Democrats, meanwhile, prioritized a different message in the midterms and heavily emphasized promises to safeguard health care for voters, including protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions.

Democrats faced a far more hard challenge in the Senate, where they were nearly exclusively on defence in rural states where Mr Trump remains popular.

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