United States midterm elections: A blow, or clear win for Trump?

United States midterm elections: A blow, or clear win for Trump?

United States midterm elections: A blow, or clear win for Trump?

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.

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.

For Democrats, the road to the 218-seat majority ran through the two dozen suburban districts Clinton won and through swaths of President Trump country in the Rust Belt and heartland where voters backed the president two years ago.

Should the Democrats take back the House of Representatives, they would be in charge of setting the overall agenda for the chamber says Lara Brown, the director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.

More broadly, Democrats and some Republicans in Congress have been appalled by Trump's nonchalance about abuse by US allies, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt. And in New Jersey, Democrats re-elected embattled Sen.

"A Democratic Congress will work for solutions that bring us together, because we have all had enough of division", Pelosi said in a speech after claiming her party's control over the House.

The only Senate seat without opposition Tuesday was the 10th District in Hardin and part of Jefferson counties, where Democrat Dennis Parrett of Elizabethtown, co-owner of a farm business who has been in the Senate since 2011, won another term.

"Maybe you get a ripple, but I certainly don't think that there's a blue wave", she told reporters, pointing to several early Republican wins.

The House of Representatives, which reliably churned out hard-line immigration legislation, Obamacare repeal and steep cuts to social programmes under Republican rule - even though numerous bills died in the Senate - will now start offering up progressive priorities.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California gesture after speaking to party volunteers and supporters Tuesday.

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Also up for grabs were the posts of governor in 36 states.

Republicans paved their path to victory by defeating Democrats Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri. Democrats relied more upon women, people of colour, young people and college graduates.

The Democrats achieved the minimum they needed and retook the House to provide some sort of check on Trump while Republicans gained seats in the Senate.

House Democrats could be banking on launching an investigation using the results of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's already 18-month-old probe of allegations of Russian interference on Trump's behalf in the 2016 presidential election.

But this is an unusual win: Voters in this election disapproved of the president's job performance by a 10-vote margin, according to exit polls.

Fifty-eight per cent of voters said the country is headed in the wrong direction, compared with 41 per cent who said it is on the right track, according to a nationwide survey conducted in all 50 states for the Associated Press and Fox News.

The president bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation. She endured millions of dollars in GOP attack ads and Trump's rally cry against her "radical Democratic agenda". Democratic Senate incumbents were up for re-election, for example, in North Dakota, Indiana, and Missouri - states Trump carried by nearly 25 percentage points on average two years ago. 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.

If all that makes the midterms a success for Democrats, it still wasn't the censure party officials had hoped for.

Trump spent today at the White House, tweeting, making calls, monitoring the races and meeting with his political team.

Republicans held the Senate. A record number of women were running for Senate, House, governorships and state legislative seats. In an even more bitter contest that has been rocked by race rows and feuds over ballot access, Democrat Stacey Abrams is trying to become the nation's first black female governor in Georgia.

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