Republicans will retain control of the Senate, ABC News projects

Lloyd Doyle
November 7, 2018

But Tuesday's midterm elections have not delivered the tidal wave of anti-Trump sentiment Democrats had hoped for, and the party's representation will go backwards in the US Senate.

Missouri is extremely close for the President, where 51% approve and 48% disapprove and Republican Josh Hawley holds a commanding lead over incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, and Mike Braun over Joe Donnelly in Indiana.

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

Election workers Mark Bezanson, left, and Julie Olson dump ballots collected earlier in the day from drop boxes onto a table for sorting at the King County Elections office, Monday, November 5, 2018, in Renton, Washington. But Pelosi brushed off such comparisons Tuesday, arguing that Clinton won the popular vote, and was handicapped by the Electoral College, which won't be a factor in House races. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who advocates gun control, poured millions into House races for Democrats, offsetting the big-dollar spending to save Republicans by the Congressional Leadership Fund, which is aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan. A full picture of the voting results were not expected for hours, with numerous most important races considered toss-ups heading into Election Day.

Rep. Barbara Comstock in the Virginia suburbs outside the nation's capital was among the most endangered Republican incumbents, branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats. In many cases they're running against career politicians.

Results are also trickling in for US Senate seats, such as for democratic socialist and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who won in Vermont.

Democrats were most optimistic about the House, a sprawling battlefield set largely in America's suburbs where more educated and affluent voters in both parties have soured on Trump's turbulent presidency, despite the strength of the national economy.

Wolf, who has been meeting with Democrats in key swing states in recent months, explained that the Democrats have an advantageous path to a House majority, but the path in the Senate is "incredibly tough". The President has energised a staggering number of Americans at packed arenas and in overflow crowds at rallies across the country.


Preliminary exit poll results reported by ABC News showed that 18- to 29-year-olds accounted for 13 percent of voters nationally, up from 11 percent in 2014. Much of that has gone to boost turnout among younger voters, although he has produced a nationwide advertising campaign calling for Trump's impeachment.

A Democrat-controlled House was expected to pursue anti-corruption and voter-rights legislation, and hold multiple investigations on controversial aspects of the Trump administration, not least being allegations of collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

Fox News made the early call on election night that Democrats had taken control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"They can do whatever they want, and I can do whatever I want", the president said, according to a pool report.

Democrats needed to pick up two dozen seats to seize the House majority and two seats to control the Senate. Of the 35 Senate seats at stake Tuesday, Democrats held 26 and Republicans held nine. "Do not let their scare tactics frighten you away from the polls". About 2 in 10 each choose the economy and immigration as their top issue, and just 1 in 10 say it's gun policy. Moreover, 56 percent of those surveyed thought the country was on the wrong track and 41 percent said it was on the right track.

Trump blamed the political vitriol on election season. "I think it's about the character of the country", he said in Wilmington, Delaware where he voted.

He said that many people are making the midterms all about President Trump, but in these elections - like many midterms - "politics is local".

"I don't think so", Trump said at a rally in Chattanooga, Tenn., invoking images of the caravans of Central American migrants moving slowly through Mexico.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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