What's at stake in the U.S. mid-term elections?

Mae Love
November 7, 2018

Kentucky, meanwhile, will give us an early indication of how the US House races are shaping up.

The midterms also featured some potentially historic candidates, including Stacey Abrams, who would be the first black woman to be governor of Georgia if she won.

She added that she specifically wanted to campaign for former Rep. Ron DeSantis over Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum because she is concerned that the Democratic candidate is "running as a socialist". At the time that win was called, Republicans had 51 seats, gaining three seats; Democrats had 44.

Two Miami-Dade County House seats turned Democrat on Tuesday, as Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell won their races.

But they will not take back the Senate, which would mean that Republicans will maintain power over nominations to powerful positions such as cabinet posts, ambassadorships and justiceships.

But this year, women ran for office in unprecedented numbers, mostly as Democrats and many as first-time candidates. A disproportionate number of the seats up for election were in traditionally Republican states with Democratic incumbents. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Claire McCaskill in Missouri. Republicans also managed to hold on to two contested Senate races. Knocking off Donnelly in IN makes the math hard for Democrats, with competitive Senate races still too close to call in Florida and Texas. Ten women already in the Senate are not up for re-election. From 6 p.m.to 7 p.m., insiders will have their eyes on Lexington, where Republican incumbent Andy Barr is up against Democratic challenger Amy McGrath, a retired Marine.

At least one race will last beyond Tuesday.

Trump has cast the midterm elections as a referendum on himself.

He was due to be joined by Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman and the President's ex-campaign aides, David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, a source familiar with the guest list said.

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There was some consolation for Democrats as Senators Joe Manchin and Bob Menendez held on to their seats after tough campaigns in West Virginia and New Jersey respectively. Republicans entered the night in control of 33 governor's mansions, compared to 16 for the Democrats. He's been accused of voter suppression but at the weekend he launched an investigation into claims that Democrats were being investigated for trying to hack the state's voter registration system.

Thirty-five Senate seats were up for election in the midterms, as well as the controlling party for the 65 seats not on the ballot during this cycle.

Ms. Comstock would be the first GOP casualty of the night, losing her district in suburban Washington. "When you vote, Illinois, you can choose hope over fear", Obama said. Gallup pollster Frank Newport said that trend put pressure on Democrats to make sure their supporters got out and voted.

"I don't think so", Trump said at a rally in Chattanooga, Tenn., invoking images of the caravans of Central American migrants moving slowly through Mexico. After all, there are 10 competitive US House races in the state. And a ballot initiative in Florida to restore voting rights to convicted felons passed.

Voter turnout was expected to be very high, despite bad weather in virtually the entire eastern U.S. Polling stations across the country saw long lines, and in some cases there were problems with voting machines, in part because of wet conditions.

In North Carolina, election officials blamed "high humidity" for some voting machines being unable to read ballots. "Now we just need to heal the country so they can all work together". The survey is separate from the traditional exit polls for the television networks. In the last such congressional elections in 2014, there were 27.5 million early votes. The federal government warned of active campaigns by Russian Federation and other nations to disrupt the elections. That's partly because California has abandoned some polling places in favor of mail-in ballots, which take longer to count. We should also expect to hear speeches from US Senator Elizabeth Warren and Governor Charlie Baker around now.

But after almost two years of increasingly heated and polarised politics in the US, Democrats sought to turn anger into votes.

Tuesday's midterm elections were among the most bitter in years.

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