USA midterm elections results as they come in

Voters cast their ballots in Streetsboro Ohio

The significance of the Republican victory in the Senate, which the party has dominated for the past four years, was magnified because Democrats wrested House control from the GOP.

Voters cast their ballots in the midterm elections on November 6, 2018, in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Democrats claimed the first of the net 23 seats they need for a House majority after a CNN projection that Jennifer Wexton, who got a campaign visit from former President Barack Obama on Monday, will defeat Republican Barbara Comstock for her seat in Virginia.

She forecasts Democratic victories across the country, but with a small overall margin of victory.

Republican gains in the Senate are sure to bolster the party's efforts to ram conservative federal judges through confirmation proceedings during a lame duck session that starts next week, as well as next year.

Trump's long-touted plans to build a wall on the Mexican border to prevent illegal immigration have not had funding approved by the Republican-controlled Congress and a Democratic victory in the House would further stymie the idea. Republicans who dominate the state would probably prevail, but waiting for the outcome could extend the uncertainty about the Senate's party breakdown - and perhaps which side has control.

All 435 House of Representative seats are in play. Dean Heller versus Democrat Jacky Rosen in Nevada; Democrat Kyrsten Sinema versus Republican Martha McSally in Arizona; Democratic Sen.

Enten warns: "Make no mistake though, the House race is still close enough that Republicans could win". Joe Donnelly versus Republican Mike Braun in IN; and Democratic Sen.

Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz fended off a spirited challenge from Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, and Republican Sen.

Democrats Joe Manchin in West Virginia and Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin won their Senate re-election bids, both states Trump won in 2016. And there are some key races to watch in those states, including in Georgia, where the governor's race was among the nation's most-watched midterm contests and generating heavy turnout. The last time a Dem won a seat in the senate in Texas was in the 1980s.

Seventeen Republican incumbents are defending House seats in districts that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election.

The tax law was particularly problematic for Republicans in New Jersey, where at least three GOP-held seats flipped.

Voters "rejected the politics of hate, the politics of division and the politics of ideology", Spanberger told supporters Tuesday night.

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The first polling stations closed at 6:00 pm Eastern time (2300 GMT) in parts of Kentucky and in - where Democrats are struggling to hold a crucial Senate seat in a state won by Trump two years ago. He was defeated by Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

And while several races remain toss-ups, some early trends point to gains by the Democratic Party, which pundits still see as likely to secure a majority in at least the lower House of Representatives.

"This was a hard campaign", Curbelo told reporters in Miami.

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala noted that both of her opponents in the race for a House seat from Florida were women.

In a disappointment for the Democrats, incumbent GOP Rep. Garland "Andy" Barr held off a strong challenge from Democrat Amy McGrath, a former fighter pilot.

"There's a great electricity in the air, like we haven't seen, in my opinion, since the '16 election".

Staring down the potential loss of one-party control in Washington, President Donald Trump declared Tuesday's election results a "tremendous success" for Republicans as his party maintained its hold on the Senate while Democrats picked up GOP-held seats in the House. Voter turnout in midterms is typically about two-thirds the level in presidential election years.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump. His supporters were also very motivated to head to the polls to ensure Trump can continue to make the changes they want for America. For Democrats, it was healthcare, which registered with 18 percent of voters.

Indeed, the election was in many ways a referendum on the president himself, two years after he beat most predictions and took the White House, even as he lost the popular vote. Still, Republican voters tended to be overwhelmingly supportive of the president.

After a hectic week of campaigning, Trump spent Tuesday at the White House awaiting exit polls and final results.

Then he unleashed a torrent of 17 retweets of his postings from the last few days. recalling his rallies. blasting Democrats and endorsing a number of Republican candidates. Twenty-five percent described health care and immigration as the most important issues in the election.

When he was elected, one of his first policies was instituting a travel ban from several Muslim-majority countries, which was upheld by the US Supreme Court. Even President Reagan experienced a loss of 26 House seats to the Democrats in 1982. He said since Trump has been president, he 's hired two more employees for his six-person company.

Women also reached a record number in the Senate.

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