The party's task was much more hard in the Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority but Democrats are defending 10 seats in states won by the president two years ago. Yet Democrats tempered expectations for a "blue wave", characterizing the fight for power as a block-by-block slog. More than 40 million Americans had already voted, either by mail or in person, breaking early voting records across 37 states, according to an AP analysis. "I don't think so", Trump said, invoking images of the caravan of Central American migrants moving through Mexico.
Pollsters suggest Democrats may win the 23 seats they need to take over the House of Representatives, and possibly 15 or so extra seats.
The predictive model at FiveThirtyEight now projects an 88 per cent chance of them winning the seats required.
President Trump and congressional GOP leaders will see holding the House as validation of their approach to governing. Much of that has gone to boost turnout among younger voters, although he has produced a nationwide advertising campaign calling for Trump's impeachment.
GOP Whip Steve Scalise said the president's rallies were building momentum and with the economy a selling point, he predicted his party would retain a slim majority.
Georgia offers two key races in the Atlanta suburbs - one of which is the 6th District, which was the site of a hotly contested special election past year that Republicans held, but polls show the race is even tighter this time around.
Former President Barack Obama - on the campaign trail for the Democratic party - said earlier on Monday that "the character of our country is on the ballot".
One of the RNC report's authors, Ari Fleischer, acknowledged that Republican leaders never envisioned expanding their ranks with white, working-class men.
Pelosi radiated optimism that her party will take back the House. Hundreds of millions were spent by the parties, supplemented by more money from outside groups, to frame the debate.
But if the Democrats wrest control of one or both chambers, they could stymie or even reverse Mr Trump's plans. For Republicans they are less obvious.
Some Democrats are looking at using the House Ways and Means Committee to obtain copies of the president's tax returns after he broke with decades of tradition and withheld them from public scrutiny during his campaign for the White House.
The polls will start to close in the east and south east of the United States at about midday NZ time.
Polls show Democrats are most concerned with health care and the economy, with Republicans focused on immigration. She was expected to lose to political newcomer Jennifer Wexton.
"In the case of Justice Kavanaugh.for the sake of argument that he lied, I don't believe there is any evidence that he did." the judge said.
He said he doesn't know how other people respond to that issue, but he's "ticked off" about it. A late race to come on the board is the seat held by GOP Rep. Steve King in the 4th District. In a White House speech, the president said he would sign an order preventing border-crossers from claiming asylum, a legally questionable proposition, and said he'd told military troops he's mobilising to the border to respond to thrown rocks like they were "rifles".
An 86% chance is not a sure thing, but it's a strong indicator of the most likely outcome.
Pennsylvania looked particularly daunting for Republicans after redistricting and a rash of retirements put several seats in play.
Tuesday's elections also tested the strength of a Trump-era political realignment defined by evolving divisions among voters by race, gender, and especially education. Other seats in the state were also considered in play. Harris was facing a stiff challenge from Marine veteran and small-businessman Dan McCready.
Other tight Senate races are in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Nevada, North Dakota, Tennessee, and West Virginia. There are also 36 governor's contests that are poised to determine if Democrats can make gains at the state level and roll back a longstanding Republican advantage. 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. One of his main concerns was abortion, legalised in the 1973 Roe v Wade verdict, which progressives fear may be overturned by a conservative Supreme Court.
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