United States midterms 2018: Trump impeachment would be ‘DANGEROUS’ for Democrats

Voters cast their ballots in Streetsboro Ohio

Some Democrats have already vowed to force the release of his tax returns.

A Reuters analysis of the past half century showed stocks fared better in the two calendar years after congressional elections when Republicans control Congress and the presidency than when Democrats controlled the two branches, and at least as well as during times of gridlock.

Real Clear Politics now has Republicans expected to gain two Senate seats and Democrats slated to nab 27 House seats and 7 governorships.

His opponents say taking control of the House and Senate is the only way to stop Trump's agenda on issues like immigration, nominating judges, and healthcare. The president proclaimed the election's outcome a "tremendous success".

In the Senate, 35 seats are at stake, with Republicans positioned to hold - and possibly expand - the party's slim majority.

Democrats themselves sought to root their campaigns in more bread-and-butter issues, such as health-care and what they portrayed as Republican assaults on the popular aspects of Obamacare. About 15 percent said that this was the first time they'd voted in a midterm, according to CNN, compared to about 10 percent who said they were first-time voters in the 2016 election.

"The president absolutely is the focal point".

Voters cast their ballots in the midterm elections on November 6, 2018, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Still, while Bill Clinton and the Democrats lost 54 seats to Republicans in 1994, and Barack Obama and the Democrats lost 63 seats to the Republicans in 2010, it doesn't look like Donald Trump and the Republicans will lose almost that many seats to Democrats in these 2018 midterms.

Trump and Republicans appeared to have the economy on their side heading into the election: Unemployment in October held at a 48-year low of 3.7 per cent.

Texas candidates Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz (top), and Missouri candidates Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley (bottom) are in two of many very close Senate races that will be resolved as votes roll in.

In Indiana, Trump-backed businessman Mike Braun defeated Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly.

A House takeover amounts to major vindication for Pelosi, who became the first female House speaker in 2006, only to lose the majority in 2010 as voters rebelled against former President Barack Obama's health care law in the first midterm elections of his presidency.

They're vying for the seat vacated by Rick Scott, who is running against four-term Democrat Bill Nelson for his Senate seat. Montana Sen. Jon Tester faced the toughest battle of that group, while moderate Joe Manchin, a former governor and brand name in West Virginia, was increasingly seen as safe in a state Trump took by 42 percentage points. An open seat that included Atlantic City was also ripe for Democratic pickup by state lawmaker Jeff Van Drew after the GOP campaign committee abandoned Republican Seth Grossman over racially charged comments.

Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez won a third Senate term in New Jersey, despite a federal bribery indictment that prosecutors dropped this year after a mistrial. The Justice Department dropped the charges after his trial ended in an hung jury.

But the Democratic momentum was not strong enough to carry some prized House recruits over the finish line.

In Fairfax County a crucial race between a Republican incumbent, Barbara Comstock and her Democratic challenger, Jennifer Wexton, is playing out. Shalala will replace retiring Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Democrats failed to defeat a vulnerable incumbent in Kentucky, where Republican Rep. Andy Barr won over former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath.

All 435 House of Representative seats are in play.

Other 2020 prospects on the ballot included New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Tuesday's midterms were among the most bitter in years, with Trump stoking conservatives' fears of caravans of immigrants traversing Mexico and inaccurately painting Democrats as broadly striving to bring socialism to the U.S. He acknowledged the contest would be a referendum on his presidency. The total number of women serving simultaneously may exceed 100 for the first time. VoteCast debuted Tuesday and is a survey of more than 120,000 voters and nonvoters conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.

"Tomorrow will be a new day in America", Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a victory party in Washington.

The demographic divides were coloring the political landscape in different ways.

Over three quarters of voters think Americans are becoming more politically divided.

Democrats boasted record diversity on ballots.

Jared Polis (D) in Colorado became the first openly gay man elected governor, while Democrat Janet Mills was on course to become the first female governor of ME and Republican Kristi L. Noem was narrowly ahead in her attempt to become the first female governor of South Dakota.



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