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HOUSE: Democrats close in on taking back control of House

HOUSE: Democrats close in on taking back control of House

All eyes are on the several dozen razor-thin races that will decide if Republicans retain control of the House of Representatives and Senate or if one or both chambers flip Democratic.

A Republican victory in both chambers of Congress would be a validation for Mr Trump's polarising style, a month after he solidified a conservative majority on the Supreme Court when the Senate confirmed his nominee Brett Kavanaugh after a fight over sexual misconduct accusations against the jurist. And in Tennessee, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn defeated former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a top Democratic recruit. When the Cook Report classified Menendez's race as a toss-up recently, things got tense for Democrats over a race that under normal circumstances they would have won going away.

Democrats failed to defeat a vulnerable incumbent in Kentucky, where Republican Rep. Andy Barr won over former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath. She finished about 3 percentage points behind the incumbent 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 Rep. Dave Brat was in a tight race with Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer.

Democrats would control every committee and subcommittee in the House.

In southern Oregon, Democrat Jeff Golden, a river guide and public television production manager, edged Republican Jessica Gomez to take Republican Sen.

Republicans had expected the GOP tax plan would be the cornerstone of their election agenda this year, but it became a potential liability in key states along the East and West coasts where residents could face higher tax bills because of limits on property and sales tax deductions.

But former President Barack Obama was among those who directly targeted Trump and his personal style and beliefs, saying at one point "the character of the country is on the ballot".

AP VoteCast also shows a majority of voters considered Trump a factor in their votes. His supporters were also very motivated to head to the polls to ensure Trump can continue to make the changes they want for America. "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.

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Early results began to trickle in from states such as in, site of a vital US Senate race, and Kentucky, home of a pivotal US House of Representatives race, but it could be hours before the winners are determined.

"We will have a responsibility to find our common ground where we can, stand our ground where we can't", said Pelosi, who has been one of the most frequent targets for Trump's scathing attacks on his critics and political opponents.

"In the end, we hold the House because of the strong economy", the Louisiana Republican told The Associated Press on the eve of Election Day. Men, by contrast, were more evenly divided in their vote. Left-leaning OH "populist" Democrat Sherrod Brown, thought initially to be vulnerable in a state that Trump carried by eight points, was quickly called the victor over Republican congressman and Trump buddy Jim Renacci soon after the polls closed. The party has pledged to check the president's power and start a slew of investigations on matters including his tax returns, Russian involvement in the 2016 election and actions by his administration.

The Democrats are favoured by election forecasters to pick up the 23 seats they need to gain a majority in the House, but opinion polls show they have slimmer hopes of picking up the two seats they need to gain control of the Senate.

Democrats are favored to take control of the House of Representatives in what has been widely viewed as voters as a referendum on the president.

"I think Trump is very bad", Reynolds said. "And the big money was not on our side", House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said, citing a "motivated base" on the Democratic side who inundated Republican incumbents with small donations to their challengers. 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. "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. "Now we just need to heal the country so they can all work together". His campaign team created an advertisement focused on the caravan that was so racially charged that major TV networks pulled it.

The president's strategy of emphasizing divisive issues such as immigration appeared to backfire on Republican candidates in suburban swing districts that determined control of the House.

But the Republicans could lose up to 10 state gubernatorial races.

The campaign will be the most expensive midterm in history, projected by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics to exceed $5 billion.