Flip this House! Dems take control

Democrats Win First Two Republican Held Seats In US Midterms

And in Kansas, Democrat Sharice Davids beat a Republican incumbent to become the first Native American and gay woman elected to the House.

The Democrats picked up the 23 seats they would need to take from the GOP, and were expected to meet the 218 total needed to take control though more races were still undecided.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says a Democratic wave may look more like a "ripple".

But Republican voter James Gerlock, 27, said he wanted to see more of the soaring economic growth that Trump says is the fruit of his business-friendly policies. The new House would come into being next January.

Democrats are gaining ground in their fight for control of the House, picking up key seats in Florida, Pennsylvania and Minnesota.

Pelosi was in a celebratory mood Tuesday evening, declaring that "tomorrow will be a new day in America".

A Democratic majority increases the likelihood that President Donald Trump's administration and federal agencies will face increased scrutiny and sets the stage for even more congressional gridlock with the Senate still in Republican hands.

Few leaders have reclaimed the House speaker's office after losing it and, as the first woman to wield the gavel, Pelosi's ascent would be a milestone. Anxious Republicans privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but feared the House was slipping away.

Democrats Ilhan OImar and Rashida Tlaib are also expected to make history in Minnesota and MI respectively as the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Such a development would divide control of the USA legislature and hinder President Donald Trump's policy agenda for the next two years.

Outside Richmond, Virginia, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat faced an unusually strong challenge from Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act.

For many Democrats, whether in the Capitol or on the campaign trail, the issue of impeachment is seen as a nuisance and a distraction from more serious issues.

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If they do indeed gain significant majorities, Democrats have talked about a broad health-care expansion, new environmental legislation and possibly a tax on capital gains.

Nearly a quarter of voters considered immigration to be the top issue, while another one-fifth said it was the economy.

Despite the win for the Democrats in the House, the Republicans far outperformed expectations in Senate races, which will likely vindicate President Trump in his campaign strategy that emphasized the security threat of illegal immigration.

The tax law has been particularly problematic for Republicans in New Jersey, where four of five GOP-held seats were being seriously contested.

AP VoteCast also showed a majority of voters considered Trump a factor in their votes.

Trump was watching the results roll in from the White House, where he spent the day holed up with friends and family. "The President has energized a staggering number of Americans at packed arenas and in overflow crowds at rallies across the country", she said.

Democratic energy, fueled by opposition to Trump in these largely suburban districts took down incumbents often touted as among the most formidable in the GOP conference, including Colorado Rep.

Problems with voting machines prevented Americans from casting ballots in a dozen states, U.S. rights advocates said, following complaints about registration problems, faulty equipment and intimidation they have received throughout early balloting.

A takeover of the House also enables Democrats to try making good on their repeated threats to impeach both Trump and Kavanaugh.

"In this election, they sought to energise groups that Clinton did not: young voters, Latinos, African Americans and infrequent voters", the daily said.

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. Andrew Gillum lost to Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become Florida's first black governor. Democrats also captured governorships in MI and IL.

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