Republicans Hold the Senate

Democrats Win First Two Republican Held Seats In US Midterms

Former US president Barack Obama, who campaigned across the country for Democrats, warned Americans that in his first two years in office President Trump has de-shaped America.

Trump spent Tuesday at the White House, tweeting, making calls, monitoring the races and meeting with his political team.

The BBC's United States partner network CBS projects the Democrats will win the 23 seats they need to take over the lower chamber of Congress.

With a House majority, Democrats will have the power to investigate Trump's tax returns and possible conflicts of interest, and challenge his overtures to Saudi Arabia, Russia and North Korea.

As more and more GOP seats look vulnerable, Republicans fear that their House majority might be eliminated on Election Day.

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.

The Republican caucuses in both chambers have become even more conservative with the loss of moderates within Trump's party, even as Democrats appear to be spoiling for a fight with Trump.

In Missouri, Republican Josh Hawley also unseated incumbent Democrat Sen.

Beto O'Rourke, a charismatic Democrat who lost in a closely watched bid to dethrone Republican Senator Ted Cruz in Texas, told voters that Trump was wrong, describing his state as built from "immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees".

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin was re-elected in West Virginia, a state Trump captured by 42 percentage points in his 2016 election triumph. "That's why we will be campaigning for every last vote in every part of our great country", he said.

It's a tale of two chambers.

Six of the seven Democratic state senators unseated in the primaries were members of the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference, a coalition of wealthy Senate Democrats.

In trying to stem Republican losses, Trump made only passing reference to his $1.5 trillion tax cut - the GOP Congress' signature achievement - and instead barnstormed through mostly white regions of the country, interjecting dark and foreboding warnings. He knows that he remains without question the most popular figure in his party.

In the House of Representatives, however, the story is different.

Rep. Maxine Waters, who has urged people to get in the faces of Trump administration officials in public could become chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. About one quarter of nonvoters were Democrats and nearly 4 in 10 were Republicans. Victories in contested races across Florida, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Minnesota gave them cause for optimism.

"I think everyone was bracing for any possible, insane scenario to show itself tonight but it basically looks like the baseline consensus forecast was correct", said Michael Purves, head of equity derivatives strategy at Weeden & Co, New York.

S&P equity index futures erased most of their gains on expectations Democrats would seize the House.

"We need to keep the Senate Republican to support the agenda of Donald Trump", he said.

The partisan trenches in America are getting deeper.

"The way business has been done in Washington for the past two years is going to change immediately".

What's happening in governors' races?

In south Florida, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala defeated Republican Maria Elvira Salazar.

Rep. Tim Ryan of OH, who challenged Pelosi unsuccessfully in 2016, has left the door open to the possibility of challenging the Democratic leader again, while others are mulling a bid only if Pelosi steps aside or if she were to be defeated in a run for speaker.

AP VoteCast is a survey of the American electorate conducted in all 50 states by NORC at the University of Chicago for The Associated Press and Fox News.

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