In Utah, former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romey is a shoo-in to win the Senate seat vacated by GOP Senator Orrin Hatch; there is no Senate race in Oklahoma, and in New Mexico, incumbent Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich is running for reelection against Republican nominee Mick Rich, a businessman, and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, who served twice as GOP Governor of the state.
As polls begin to close, the White House is stressing the effort President Donald Trump put into a political ground game aimed at putting Republicans in the win column for Tuesday's midterm elections.
Despite the shocking news that the Rasmussen Reports Generic Congressional Ballot on Monday rated Republicans leading with "likely midterm voters" for the first time by 46 percent to the Democrats' 45 percent, California's Democrat House delegation is busy jockeying to gain powerful leadership positions if the Democrats flip House control. The president proclaimed the election's outcome a "tremendous success".
"For the past two years, we've watched this administration attack and undermine our democratic institutions and values", Clinton said. Joe Manchin III delivered a personal blow to the president. With power in Washington divided, House Democrats are likely to try to block the president's agenda and use their subpoena power to investigate him and his administration. "I feel confident we will win", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday, decked out in a bright blue dress at her party's headquarters in Washington, D.C. "Americans, by and large, like the idea of checks and balances under our constitution and our system, and with Republican House, Senate and White House, this is a feeling that this has gone out of whack".
But in Ohio, Judy Jenkins, a 60-year-old Republican, said she was voting exclusively for GOP candidates. And in New Jersey, Democrats re-elected embattled Sen.
Despite the increasing likelihood of a Democrat takeover in the House after the midterms, betting odds on a possible Trump impeachment have held study on online political prediction markets like PredictIt. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota seemed at greatest peril of losing. He's running for Senate against the Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson. Claire McCaskill's in Missouri appeared in doubt. Gillum conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally.
"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".
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. Ted Cruz (R) despite raising record sums of money and attracting grass-roots support throughout the country.
In victory speeches across the country, women acknowledged the groundbreaking year.
Democrats welcomed other firsts, including two Muslim-American women, Rhasida Tlaib of MI and Minnesota's Ilhan Oman, who is also the first Somali-American elected to Congress. And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old from NY, became the youngest woman elected to Congress.
Mid-term elections are often seen as a referendum on the president and there is no shortage of opinions this time around about the current occupant of the White House.
You're still up either because Senate returns are really slow, or you are obsessing over Alaska's toss-up gubernatorial race.
Democrats also could recapture governorships in several battleground states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and OH, a potential help for the party in those states in the 2020 presidential race.
In New York's 19th Congressional District, we will be at the camps both Democrat Antonio Delgado and Republican incumbent Rep. John Faso.
Less than a half hour later, the Associated Press projected that Donna Shalala would win the fight for Florida's 27th district, a position vacated by retiring Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Democrats picked off two Republican House seats in Florida, including one held by Representative Carlos Curbelo. And Democratic House challengers proved formidable in suburbs nationwide, winning the seats of Reps.
But the Democratic momentum was not strong enough to carry some prized House recruits over the finish line.
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.
But it remains to be seen whether Democrats' rage will amount to the so-called "blue wave" they have anticipated for almost two years, or whether it's even enough to gain the 23 seats needed to eke out a Democratic majority in the House. John McCain (Ariz.) and the retirements of Sens.
The midterm elections had the energy of a presidential contest in their closing days, with Trump making himself the central figure and hoping to buck the historical trend of major losses for the president's party in the first midterm vote.