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08 November 2018, 10:33 | Devin Moran

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Democrats and their independent colleagues have to defend 27 seats, including in states that went heavily for Trump in the presidential election.

The first national elections since Mr Trump captured the White House in a 2016 upset have become a referendum on the polarising president, and a test of whether Democrats can turn the energy of the liberal anti-Trump resistance into victories at the ballot box. Joe Donnelly lost his bid for reelection in IN, and Republican Marsha Blackburn won the open Senate seat in Tennessee, a race that Democrats had hoped would slide into their column. Sen. Others have pledged to pursue impeachment, although removal from office is unlikely so long as the GOP controls the Senate or even maintains a healthy minority. Still, she was within striking distance in a Lexington-area district Trump won by 15 percentage points in 2016.

In Virginia's 7th District, a Republican-leaning area near Richmond, Republican Representative Dave Brat was trailing Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer.

All 435 House races are on the ballot, with Democrats feeling optimistic about winning control of the chamber. But the closeness of the toss-up races - Republican Sen.

Striking a dark tone at a rally in IN on Monday evening, Trump accused Democrats of "openly encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overrun our country".

But two years after an election that proved polls and prognosticators wrong, an air of uncertainty - and stormy weather across parts of the country - clouded the outcome of high-stakes elections from Florida to Alaska and everywhere in between.

They're vying for the seat vacated by Rick Scott, who is running against four-term Democrat Bill Nelson for his Senate seat.

Almost 40 per cent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while about 25 per cent said they voted to express support for Trump. Also, more said they showed up at the polls to express opposition than did those who said they were casting a ballot to support him. "Later this evening the President and First Lady have invited family and friends to join them in the residence as they watch election returns".

Americans are turning out in record numbers to have their say on President Trump.

Still, more than 40 percent of voters said they approve of the job Trump is doing as president, CNN reported. Still, Republican voters tended to be overwhelmingly supportive of the president.

Trump was spending Election Day at the White House and tweeting support for Republicans in the toughest races. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who advocates gun control, poured millions into House races for Democrats, offsetting the big-dollar spending to save Republicans by the Congressional Leadership Fund, which is aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan.




However, the Democrats will now head House committees that can investigate the president's tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and possible links between his 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation.

As Election Day unfolded, Democrats were increasingly confident, predicting they would pick up at least the 23 seats needed for a House majority on the strength of voter enthusiasm, robust fundraising and unusually fresh candidates.

The White House has been stressing the historical headwinds it faced: In the last three decades, 2002 was the only midterm election when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

In the event the Democrats do win the House, Trump would be more vulnerable to impeachment - a process used by Congress members to remove a president. "Do not let their scare tactics frighten you away from the polls".

However, the Democrats are expected to fall short of the two seats they need to win control of the Senate.

Democrats' performance in the House battlefield was mixed. About three-quarters of the registered voters named health care as in important issue to their vote, according to recent Pew research.

"I'd love to get along and I think after the election a lot of things can happen", Trump said.

Texas candidates Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz (top), and Missouri candidates Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley (bottom) are in two of many very close Senate races that will be resolved as votes roll in. The survey is separate from the traditional exit polls for the television networks.

In a sign that Trump dominance two years ago isn't necessarily fatal for Democrats, their incumbents were expected to win re-election in six other states that he carried.

Trump has played an outsized role in shaping the Republicans' national message ahead of Tuesday, repeatedly pushing illegal immigration to the forefront - at times at the expense of a less controversial economic message.



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