Democrats Take Control of the House With Victories in the Suburbs

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Democrats began to scent a big night in the USA midterm elections Tuesday with early results pointing to them seizing the House of Representatives from the Republicans in what would be a dramatic rebuke to President Donald Trump.

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

They also could force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package or carry out his hardline policies on trade.

Resigned to losing his party's grip on the House, President Donald Trump congratulated the House Democratic leader on Tuesday night and chose to celebrate "tremendous success" for Republicans in maintaining the Senate.

Democrats seized early victories in contested House races in Florida and in Virginia, but lost a high-profile contest in Kentucky.

A simple House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaces that he obstructed justice or that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation. And by 9:30 eastern time, NBC had reported that Democrats would win enough seats to take back control of the House of Representatives.

Pakistani community members also weighed in on the midterm elections.

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Trump's approval rating was negative among the nation's voters, and more said the U.S. was on the wrong track than heading in the right direction.

"I'm not on the ballot, but in a certain way, I'm on the ballot", Trump said in October. Presidents nearly always lose seats in midterms - often regardless of the economy.

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

Contributor Stephanie Ruhle said Trump's tax loopholes are immoral and below the office of the presidency, but said Trump likes to suggest it's "clever" how he games the system.

But when it came to candidates for state Senate, Democratic primary voters threw their weight behind progressive candidates, including 27-year-old democratic socialist Julia Salazar - who actively campaigned on issues like sex workers' rights and racial injustice - and Alessandra Biaggi, another millennial and first-time candidate.

In addition to the call to Pelosi, Trump called Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, as well as a number of candidates he backed during the race, the White House said.

Prior to the elections, the Republicans held 236 seats, and Democrats - 193, and six seats remained vacant.

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In Texas, Republican Ted Cruz Cruz was projected to beat his challenger, Democratic rising star Beto O'Rourke.

In the Senate, Republican Mike Braun snatched the seat from Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly, but corruption scandal-tainted Senator Bob Menendez saved his seat for the Democrats in New Jersey.

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. He played to his base, but his over-the-top rhetoric turned off so many people that Democrats managed to retake the House.

Democratic energy, fueled by opposition to Trump in these largely suburban districts took down incumbents often touted as among the most formidable in the GOP conference, including Colorado Rep.

"Everything we have achieved is at stake", Mr Trump declared in his final day of campaigning.

Democrats were elected to more than 34 seats and now occupy a majority of the state Senate's 63 seats.

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

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