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Democratic Party wins House majority in United States midterm elections

Democratic Party wins House majority in United States midterm elections

A Reuters analysis of the past half century showed stocks fared better in the two calendar years after congressional elections when Republicans control Congress and the presidency than when Democrats controlled the two branches, and at least as well as during times of gridlock.

They held onto seats in the South, Midwest and West and ensured at least a 50-50 Senate - enough to give Republicans control because Vice-President Mike Pence as president of the Senate would tip the balance to the GOP. Andrew Gillum lost to Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become the first African-American governor of the key swing state of Florida. The AP hadn't called the race.

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.

They also could force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package or carry out his hardline policies on trade. Democrats in the House vow to launch wide-ranging investigations into Trump, his business dealings and the transparency of his administration. Other super negatives for the President include New Jersey, New York (-21 in both), Virginia (-13), MI (-9) and Pennsylvania (-10).

President Donald Trump has had an "incredible night" with many wins, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday night, and the White House feels good about the results that are coming in.

Meanwhile, two issues more than any others were on voters' minds as they cast ballots. There will be pressure from her most progressive flank to vote on proposals like a "Medicare-for-all" health care plan.

In his campaign rallies, Trump had said that he was on the ballot and made it a referendum on his almost two years rule.

"With Democrats' leadership in the state solidified, NY can pass policies previously blocked by Republicans to expand health care coverage, address climate change, and ensure women retain the right to make their own medical decisions", Jessica Post, executive director for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, said in a statement on Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump.

"We always knew these races are going to be close", said Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, co-chair of House Democrats' recruitment efforts. In fact, the defeats of incumbent Democrats Joe Donnelly, Claire McCaskill, and Heidi Heitkamp may free the president to appoint judges with clearer pro-life credentials, such as William Pryor or Amy Coney Barrett, now that Collins and Murkowski can no longer unilaterally derail a nominee.

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Democrats lost 63 seats in 2010 with Barack Obama in the White House, handing control to the Republicans, who brought Obama's agenda largely to a halt.

The Democrats also won some of the high-profile governor's race including Kansas, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.

Malfunctioning machines marred the first hours of voting in some precincts, including in Georgia.

More than 40 million Americans had already voted, either by mail or in person, breaking early voting records across 37 states, according to analysis.

But the majority said he was a factor - with about one-third of them saying their vote was to support Trump and another one-third saying they voted to express opposition to the president.

Mr Trump is expected to wield the axe in the wake of the midterms, with figures close to the president predicting that cabinet members will be forced out.

He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.

Just a day before the midterm elections, President Trump said he didn't think they'd be a referendum on his first two years on office.

Midterm elections are often the "lounge act" to the presidential contest, as she puts it, but the battle for the House quickly spun into the signature contest of 2018.

After a special state Senate election in 2017, Democrats gained control of that chamber by one vote, giving them unified control in Olympia this year.