Exit Polls Show Trump A Major Factor In 2018 Midterm Election Voting

Exit Polls Show Trump A Major Factor In 2018 Midterm Election Voting

The Democrats will need to capture 23 seats now held by Republicans to take control of the House of Representatives, a likely possibility. That will give Trump a partial claim of victory and allow him to continue his drive to reshape the federal courts.

Going into election day, the Democrats needed a net gain of 23 seats to take over a majority in the House, and polling indicated that they stood an excellent chance of doing that.

Polling aggregator 538 is projecting that the Republicans will indeed lose control of the House of Representatives this time around. The Cook Political Report, which predicted a gain of 30 to 40 Democratic seats in a majority-seizing night, also lists 30 House contests as "toss-ups".

As a result, most congressional analysts believe that the one thing that the Democrats in the House will be able to do without help from either the Senate or the President is "oversight".

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.

Democratic victories included the defeat of 11-term Texas Representative Pete Session, the chairman of the Rules Committee, by former professional football player Colin Allred in a Dallas-area district.

Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey beat Republican challenger Bob Hugin to win a third term.

Both sides agreed before the election, at least privately, that Republicans were strongly favored to keep the Senate, where the battlefield was highly favorable to them.

Republican Mike Braun opened an early lead in the crucial Senate showdown in IN with incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly, but the race was too close to call with just 20 per cent of the votes in. The deeply conservative state features a strong challenge by Democrat Beto O'Rourke to unseat U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

Trump's party appears to be faring better in the US Senate, where they hold a slim 51-49 edge, as Democrats are seeking re-election in 10 states that Trump won in 2016.

Sanders, the independent who has always been one of the state's most popular politicians, spent little time campaigning ahead of Tuesday's election.

With almost two thirds of ballots counted, Democratic state lawmaker Jennifer Wexton was ahead of Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock by 57% to 43% in their suburban northern Virginia district that Hillary Clinton won in 2016, NBC reported.

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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 faced a far more hard challenge in the Senate, where they were nearly exclusively on defence in rural states where Mr Trump remains popular. He was defeated by Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. Democrats who picked up Republican-held seats included Donna Shalala, a former Cabinet secretary under President Bill Clinton, in Florida.

But in some other tossup races, the GOP managed to hold on.

Some 182 Republican incumbents are defending House seats in districts Trump won in 2016.

It could just mark the watershed moment in America's "Year of Women", with record numbers of women nominated for the house, for the Senate and for Governor.

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". Exit polls showed that 64 percent of voters said Trump was a reason for their vote.

The incoming class of lawmakers could have a stark impact on politics in the nation's capital, particularly within the Democratic Party, after a midterm election that was widely seen as a referendum on Trump's first term. Still, Republican voters tended to be overwhelmingly supportive of the president.

The president spent Election Day calling allies, tweeting endorsements and following news coverage, after concluding a six-day rally blitz in Missouri late Monday. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting. Twenty-five percent described health care and immigration as the most important issues in the election. About 2 in 10 each choose the economy and immigration as their top issue, and just 1 in 10 say it's gun policy.

Despite positive feelings about the economy, overall, voters were pessimistic about the direction of the country.

The infamous excitement that we saw among people throughout 2016 is the same energy that has been seen across the country at rallies leading up to today's midterm elections. At times he even appeared at odds with his own campaign, which in the election's final days released a gauzy ad aimed at suburban women.

As the returns came in, the House was on track to break the record of 84 female members of one party or the other.

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