USA midterm elections results as they come in

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Trump held three rallies in three states - Ohio, Indiana and Missouri - on Monday for Republican candidates as the GOP tries to hold its majority in the House and Senate.

AP reports that Democrats have won half of the seats they need to claim House majority; GOP picking up key Senate contests.

But he conceded on Monday the House may slip from his party's grasp.

Democrats were riding to victory Tuesday with strong support from women turned off by Trump's bullying style and among suburban voters with higher incomes and education levels.

Manchin defeated Republican Patrick Morrisey, the state's attorney general. The Republicans have a majority in the House with 235 congresspeople to 193 Democrats. It is typical enough that the party of the President will take a hit at the midterms.

Quorum rules say 20 senators must be on the Senate floor and 40 representatives on the House floor for votes to take place, Courtney said. Donovan was the only Republican representing New York City.

A Republican victory in both chambers of Congress would be a validation for Mr Trump's polarising style, a month after he solidified a conservative majority on the Supreme Court when the Senate confirmed his nominee Brett Kavanaugh after a fight over sexual misconduct accusations against the jurist. Victories by GOP challenger Mike Braun over Senator Joe Donnelly in IN and Republican Marsha Blackburn's win in Tennessee cut off any small chance Democrats had to make gains, as did the loss by Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota.

In Texas, Sen Ted Cruz staved off a far tougher than expected challenge from Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke, whose record-smashing fundraising and celebrity have set off buzz he could be a credible 2020 White House contender.

In a sign that Trump dominance two years ago isn't necessarily fatal for Democrats, their incumbents were expected to win re-election in six other states that he carried.

There's been a lot at stake in Tuesday's nationwide elections from control of Congress to governor's races in 36 states, and both sides were very energetic, fueled by their support or dislike for President Trump.

Voting is also open in Virginia, Florida, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Georgia, where Democrat Stacey Abrams is vying to become the country's first black female governor.

If the Republicans hold onto those east coast seats the Democrats will put their hopes in seats in Texas, Arizona, California and Washington. Four years later, Brat could find himself on the losing end of another upset, facing a strong challenge from Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operations officer. The Republicans had an advantage in Senate races because elections were held for only 35 seats in the 100-member chamber and many of them were in states that often lean Republican. He was defeated by Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

Polls open at different hours across the state, but all will close at 8 p.m. ET. Bill Nelson versus Republican Rick Scott in Florida - indicates that Democrats do have a small chance of taking the Senate. Almost $18 million has been spent on TV ads in the race between nine-term GOP Rep. John Culberson and Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, an attorney.

There's been a lot of attention paid to the 25 GOP seats Clinton carried in 2016 - and rightfully so - but Democrats are also on offense in numerous dozen districts that swung from Barack Obama in 2012 to Trump four years later.

Even passing many bills will be hard for the Senate. In turn, Trump began trying out defensive arguments ahead of Election Day, noting that midterm losses are typical for the party in the White House, pointing out a high number of GOP retirements and stressing that he had kept his focus on the Senate.

"Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans, it's about restoring the Constitution's checks and balances to the Trump administration", Nancy Pelosi, leader of the House Democrats, told supporters at victory party.

Preliminary exit poll data found that Trump was a factor for nearly two-thirds of House voters. His supporters were also very motivated to head to the polls to ensure Trump can continue to make the changes they want for America.

"We've got to get down to work as soon as we are sworn in on January 3 and make some real change come about. we're going to have a lot of brand new members - many of whom will come from tough districts, many of them that never served in any elected office in their higher lives". Do voters in Iowa and other spots on the Obama-Trump map swing back to the Democrats?

Sanders spoke to reporters at the White House Tuesday night, as election returns were still coming in. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting. About three-quarters of the registered voters named health care as in important issue to their vote, according to recent Pew research.

"It's not just about single issues, it's the values of the country".

A majority of the 113,000 voters surveyed said the country is headed in the wrong direction. The survey is separate from the traditional exit polls for the television networks.

Despite not being on the ballot, Trump made the midterm elections about him.

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.

The campaign will be the most expensive midterm in history, projected by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics to exceed $5 billion.

Women also reached a record number in the Senate. At least 255 women were on the ballot as major party congressional candidates.

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