Fast facts about the U.S. elections, seen as referendum on Trump

Blanche Robertson
November 8, 2018

All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate, and 36 governorships are up for grabs as Americans cast their ballots. Analysts expect pressure on stocks if Democrats gain control of the House and a sharper downward reaction if they win the Senate, too.

Republicans hadn't publicly given up hope Tuesday though that they could pull off a victory, and continued making their push to voters.

In Kansas, Democrat Sharice Davids beat a GOP incumbent to become the first Native American and gay woman elected to the House.

United States stocks ticked higher in thin trading on Tuesday, as investors awaited the election results. She says, "Maybe you get a ripple but I certainly don't think that there's a blue wave".

Polling aggregator 538 is projecting that the Republicans will indeed lose control of the House of Representatives this time around. It is now made up of 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats.

Polls in some 20 states - including MA - will close at 8 p.m., just after Ohio, West Virginia, and North Carolina wrap things up at 7:30 p.m.

But many - if not most - of the votes in North Carolina had yet to be counted by 8:15 p.m.

Fundraising, polls and history were not on the president's side. And: Will Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker win re-election? Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and potential 2020 presidential candidate Sen.

Hispanic voters also favored Democratic House candidates by 33 percentage points - higher than the 18-point gap with Republicans that Democrats enjoyed in 2014, the poll found. He's campaigned for dozens of candidates at all levels of government.

The President planned to have dinner with his family and to watch the results, which could have a profound impact on the rest of his term and could reshape Washington's balance of power, in the residence of the White House.

Democrats also failed to take over the Senate, leaving the GOP-controlled chamber as a check against Democrats' ability to pass partisan legislation through Congress. But if Democrats have a good night, the entire premise of his presidency - an incessant effort to please his loyal political base, will be called into question.

Most Democratic candidates in tight races stayed away from harsh criticism of Trump during the midterm campaign's final stretch, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like maintaining insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions, and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens.

But in Kentucky, one of the top Democratic recruits, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, lost her bid to oust to three-term Rep. Andy Barr in the Lexington-area district. This time, they're sitting up.

Should he conclude that Trump committed a crime, a Democratic House could launch impeachment proceedings, but the process would likely come to a halt in a GOP-held Senate.

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So to me, if you're asking me, I'd say there has to be a complete overhaul of the entire organization. The Cowboys next face the division-rival Eagles on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 8:20 p.m.

At a poll site in Atlanta, voters waited in the rain in long lines that stretched around the building.

There are, however, also many points of probable conflict between Trump and the next House: Democrats are likely to launch investigations into numerous aspects of the Trump administration, from its ties to Russian Federation to the president's tax returns, as well as to step up oversight into Trump's executive actions on immigration, the environment and other regulations.

Pelosi says that after 2016 Democrats "didn't agonize, we organized".

After their victory, House Democrats are expected to try to harden U.S. policy toward Saudi Arabia, Russia and North Korea, while maintaining the status quo on hot-button areas like China and Iran. "What now I'm saying is, 'We will win'".

Pelosi has remained noncommittal amid speculation that she would step aside to make way for new leadership, regardless of the election results.

Early results began to trickle in from states such as in, site of a vital US Senate race, and Kentucky, home of a pivotal US House of Representatives race, but it could be hours before the winners are determined.

The Election Day gains by women were the capstone on a midterm election that has been defined by the energy of women, both on the political left and right. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.

He said, "All the accusations that we will be meddling in today's elections turned out to be empty statements".

Severe weather in several Southern states could affect voter turnout on Election Day. As of early Wednesday morning, 22 women were headed to the Senate. Other records were also falling.

Dry weather was forecast for the West and Southwest, but significant snow accumulations were expected across the northern Rockies.

Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden called on Americans to use their votes to reject Trump.

As voters head to the polls Tuesday, nothing was certain.

As to the Senate, Republicans have a much better chance of keeping control.

Democrats' very relevance in the Trump era depends on winning at least one chamber of Congress. With the first polls not slated to close until 6 P.M. eastern, polling was the only indicators both parties had on Tuesday of their prospects.

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