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Midterm election results: Key takeaways so far

07 Novembre 2018

The first polls have been closing across the U.S. in one of the most closely watched midterm congressional elections in living memory, which are likely to be seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump's administration.

Election Day saw some blatant attempts to lessen turnout with disinformation on social media, and there were glitches nationwide that could slow the vote count.

But Democrats are hoping to take control of at least the House of Representatives, giving them the opportunity to derail Trump's legislative agenda, and give them power to expand investigations into his personal and professional conduct.

Democrats now need to win only nine more Republican House seats to reach the net gain of 23 seats they need to secure a majority.

"Ever since President Trump has been in office, it has just been not the country that I am used to or that I thought I would be in", said Sarah Roth, 22, a Democratic voter from Minnetonka, Minnesota. "It's just a question of the size of victory".

Trump has sent thousands of soldiers to the Mexican border, suggested that migrants who throw stones at law enforcement officers should be shot, and made wild claims about the Democrats planning to turn the country into a crime-and-drugs black hole.

In the lead-up to the race, most analysts and polls expected Republicans to keep the Senate and lose the House.

Trump has maintained a busy campaign schedule in the final stretch of the race, with 11 rallies over six days.

Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy advanced to a November 27 runoff election.

Midterm elections are typically hard for the party in power, and GOP incumbents had been on defense in races across the country as control of the House turned into a signature contest of the season.

At a polling station in Arlington, Virginia, head election officer William Harkins said: "it's a very good turnout".

There will be probes into the president's financial dealings, more on his connections to Russian Federation, inspections of the questionable policies and practices of some Cabinet members, and, says the next Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, "a deep dive" into ties between the USA and Saudi Arabia.

"I do think this will be a late night because I don't think this will be decided until the last jurisdiction comes in", she said. "No matter who you voted for, I'm looking forward to representing you".

And thanks to Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have no trouble maneuvering for votes for President Trump's next Supreme Court pick.

To stem Republican losses, Trump sprinted through mostly white regions of the country, interjecting dark and foreboding warnings about what Democratic power would mean for the nation. Liberal House member Beto O'Rourke became a national sensation with his underdog US Senate campaign but fell short in conservative Texas, and Andrew Gillum was trailing Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become the first African-American governor of the key swing state of Florida.

But the final results in these races, if they're close, could take weeks to tabulate.

"The popular vote rules", she said.

Republicans, meanwhile, picked up at least three Senate seats in Missouri, North Dakota and in, and were poised to win a fourth in Florida.

Bernie Sanders, the leftist populist who some feel would have had a better chance than Clinton to take on Trump in 2016, lashed out Monday at the president, calling him a "pathological liar".

While these were the first two districts to flip, Democratic leaders had appeared positive throughout the day on Tuesday. "Today, we say enough". 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.

At least one race will last beyond Tuesday. "There are things the president would like to work with them on".

In the House, Democrat Jennifer Wexton ousted incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock in suburban Virginia outside Washington and Democrat Donna Shalala, a former Cabinet secretary under President Bill Clinton, captured the south Florida seat of a retired Republican.

"I'm ready to ride the Blue Wave", said Barry Rubin, 60, displaying a surfboard that read "Surfers for Harley Rouda".

State sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, also trails in her race, but has been gaining on her challenger.

Midterm election results: Key takeaways so far