Democrats hopes high for taking power, but nothing certain

President Donald Trump returns to the White House after campaigning

In midterm elections two years after he won the White House, Trump and his fellow Republicans were set to maintain their majority in the US Senate, CNN, NBC and ABC News said, following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues.

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

But Democrats are hoping to take control of at least the House of Representatives, giving them the opportunity to derail Trump's legislative agenda, and give them power to expand investigations into his personal and professional conduct.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump.

Still, nearly 7 in 10 said the economy was in good shape, and those who said their personal finances were in better shape now than two years ago outnumbered those who believed their finances were worse off, according to the polling.

"The vast majority of women voters are angry, frustrated and they are really done with seeing where the Republican Party is taking them, particularly as it related to heath care and civility", said Stephanie Schriock, who leads EMILY's List, a group that help elect Democratic women.

While the economy continues to thrive, Trump has spent much of the campaign's final days railing against a caravan of Latin American immigrants hoping to seek asylum at the United States border.

The result was all but assured when Republican Kevin Cramer ousted North Dakota Democratic Sen.

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All 435 seats in the U.S. House were up for re-election, although fewer than 90 were considered competitive.

In other states Trump carried in 2016, Democratic Sen.

"What I want to do for you is have my energy be contagious", she said.

Trump was spending Election Day at the White House and tweeting support for Republicans in the toughest races.

Amid the recent rash of letter bombs and the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, Trump issued alarming and often unfounded warnings about caravans of migrants crossing Mexico toward the US, blaming Democrats, without evidence, for the threat he claimed they pose.

REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Voters line up outside of the Center for Civil and Human Rights ready to vote, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. November 6, 2018.

Chamberlain said she hears voters in key districts talking mostly about an affordable health-care system that serves everyone, even those with preexisting medical conditions.

There are 35 Senate races being decided across 33 states. Fox News personality Sean Hannity and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh were also slated to be "special guests" at the final rally, according to Trump's campaign, though Hannity insisted on Twitter he would only be "covering (the) final rally for my show".

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Trump also could face more pushback from Democrats on trade tariffs he has introduced, particularly in farm states hard hit by retaliatory measures from China or manufacturing states hit by higher steel and aluminum prices. He himself has characterized the election as a referendum on his presidency.

Some Democrats have already vowed to force the release of his tax returns.

"If we actually care about women's health and we actually are a state that's a leader in this country, then the Reproductive Health Act is one of those bills that will make sure that we protect women", she added.

"The midterm elections used to be, like, boring", Trump told a crowd Monday in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mr. Trump called Mrs. Pelosi just before midnight to congratulate her and acknowledged her calls for bipartisanship, a Pelosi aide said.

Democrat Andrew Gillum, 39, the African American mayor of Tallahassee, is locked in an acrimonious battle with Ron DeSantis, 40, a member of the House of Representatives and ardent Trump supporter.

Democrats boast record diversity on the ballot.

Later, as we get more complete exit poll surveys, you'll want to pay attention to voter preferences for a particular candidate. They have also talked about pushing for improvements to the Obamacare system.

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But, approximately 12 hours after Hannity posted his tweet, he was campaigning on stage with Trump . Hannity himself had tweeted: "To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the president".


Democrats also could recapture governorships in several battleground states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and OH, a potential help for the party in those states in the 2020 presidential race.

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