Donald Trump claims victory in midterms despite losing House control

Voters cast their ballots in the midterm elections on Nov. 6 2018 in Appleton Wisconsin

President Donald Trump has hailed a "big victory" in U.S. mid-term elections after Democrats seized the House of Representatives but Republicans consolidated their grip on the Senate.

With control of Congress, statehouses and the president's agenda at stake, some of the nation's top elections were too close to call. Women were 21 points more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans in House races - 60 percent voted for Democrats, to 38 percent who voted for Republicans.

Some Trump advisers were already anonymously assigning blame for the expected loss of more than 30 House seats, focusing on Corry Bliss, head of a political action committee that distributed money to House Republican candidates, and Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel.

Aides set up televisions in the White House residence for Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their guests to watch election results come in, with the sets tuned to different cable news channels.

Two issues more than any others were on voters' minds. The president said he shares those goals, but will only play ball if they agree not to investigate him.

Democrats have promised to hold oversight hearings on the Trump administration when they take the majority in January.

The political and practical stakes were sky-high.

"Nobody turns over a (tax) return when it's under audit", Mr Trump said during a news conference when asked about the returns.

Later, though, he acknowledged the audit would not prevent the release of his tax returns.

But in some other toss-up races, the GOP managed to hold on.

Trump cited health care and infrastructure as areas where the two parties could work together.

Trump offered an olive branch to House Democrats as an alternative to an investigative face-off.

Republicans found comfort in a series of Senate gains.

Long lines and malfunctioning machines marred the first hours of voting in some precincts, including in Georgia, where some voters reported waiting up to three hours to vote in a hotly contested gubernatorial election.

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"You have some that said, 'Let's stay away, let's stay away.' They did very poorly", Trump said.

Shell-shocked Democrats emerged from those midterm elections in very bad shape, and it was widely believed Republicans would endure the same kind of humiliation in 2018. Stein was talking on Fox Business Network's live election coverage.

Democrats needed to pick up two dozen seats to seize the House majority and two seats to control the Senate. They included New Jersey Sen.

Democrats' performance in the House battlefield was mixed. John McCain, nominally a Republican, for contributing to the GOP's losing the House. Some 35 Senate seats were in play, as were nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature. To get even with Trump, Mr. McCain had cast the vote that killed the Obamacare replacement that House Republicans finally, after years of dithering, had passed. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

At stake was control of at least one house in the United States Congress, and with it Trump's ability to drive ahead with an unconventional style of government that has divided Americans like rarely before.

Although Ronald Reagan would be aghast at Trump's protectionism and exclusionary nativism, the GOP is now Trump's party.

History was working against the president in both the House and the Senate.

It could have been a much bigger night for Democrats, who suffered stinging losses in OH and in Florida, where Trump-backed Republican Ron DeSantis ended Democrat Andrew Gillum's bid to become the state's first African-American governor. She shocked many, including herself, last spring when she came out of nowhere to defeat 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's Democratic congressional primary. Democrats are relying more upon women, people of colour, young people and college graduates.

Exit polling showed that voters, like Democratic candidates, considered health care the number one issue and they turned out in record numbers.

In suburban areas where key House races will be decided, voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin.

"We're looking at that, and I do want to study whatever is being said". That's in addition to the 10 female senators who were not up for re-election this year.

Democrats boasted record diversity on ballots.

Ayanna Pressley was elected as Massachusetts' first black congresswoman.

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