Democrats flip House, Republicans add to Senate majority

President Donald Trump returns to the White House after campaigning

President Donald Trump returns to the White House after campaigning

Control of both chambers of the U.S. Congress and 36 governor's offices are up for grabs on Tuesday in an election widely seen as a referendum on the first two years of Republican President Donald Trump's leadership.

Rep. Tim Ryan of OH, who challenged Pelosi unsuccessfully in 2016, has left the door open to the possibility of challenging the Democratic leader again, while others are mulling a bid only if Pelosi steps aside or if she were to be defeated in a run for speaker.

But Democrats have been fired up by anger at Trump's extraordinary attacks over the last few weeks against immigrants, claiming that his opponents seek to throw open the borders to "drug dealers, predators and bloodthirsty MS-13 killers". The contest to succeed retiring California Republican Darell Issa is likely going to Democrat Mike Levin, and in Washington state's 8th district, Democrat Kim Schrier's chance of replacing retiring Republican Dave Reichert has moved from "Toss Up" to "Lean Democratic".

Democrats in the House 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.

"Tremendous success tonight", the president tweeted.

Mr. Trump called Mrs. Pelosi just before midnight to congratulate her and acknowledged her calls for bipartisanship, a Pelosi aide said.

Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots in the midterm elections, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by The Associated Press.

Max Rose is running for Congress. It deals a major blow to Republicans who will lose their majority in the lower chamber and is a significant setback for President Donald Trump's agenda in Congress. She ran on preventing gun violence and protecting the environment, but her main focus was on health care and the Affordable Care Act, which Curbelo voted to repeal.

Trump is trying to defy historic omens that suggest that commanders in chief often get a rebuke from voters in the midterm election of their first term. In Kansas, Republican Kris Kobach, a Trump ally who was a leader of the president's disbanded voter fraud commission, fell to Democratic state senator Laura Kelly.

This was seen as the most likely outcome before Americans went to the ballot box. Several dozen midterm races where candidates from the two sides were barely separated will decide the day.

In the House, Democrats picked up seats across the map, ousting incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock in suburban Virginia and sending Donna Shalala, a former Cabinet secretary under President Bill Clinton, to the House in south Florida. If more than 84 of those women candidates won on Tuesday, it would set a record for the number of women serving in the House. Third, Democrats have a large advantage in fundraising.

Pennsylvania looked particularly daunting for Republicans after court-imposed redistricting and a rash of retirements put several seats in play. Among disapprovers, 90 percent voted for the Democratic House candidate. At least three other red districts flipped to blue. The district was represented for decades by GOP Rep. Like other Democrats across the country, Spanberger emphasized protecting people with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage or charged more by insurers. That year, they leaned Republican by 12 points, but this election they supported Democrats by 12 points.

The tax law has been particularly problematic for Republicans in New Jersey, where four of five GOP-held seats were being seriously contested. Democrats needed to gain 23 seats to reclaim control. 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.

The earliest results in the nation will come in from in and Eastern Kentucky.

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