Election 2018: Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin holds on in WV

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Her deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill told reporters that Trump also acknowledged Pelosi's call for bipartisanship in her victory remarks.

As Election Day unfolded, Democrats were increasingly confident, predicting they would pick up at least the 23 seats needed for a House majority on the strength of voter enthusiasm, robust fundraising and unusually fresh candidates.

Democratic leadership has promised that they will move forward with investigations into the president's alleged wrongdoing while simultaneously pursuing possible bipartisan solutions on issues including infrastructure, gun safety, prescription drug prices, and a path to citizenship for DREAMers - undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.

They also could force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package or carry out his hardline policies on trade. Wexton is part of a "blue wave" of Democrats who are expected to flip the House.

Suddenly about mid-evening, before the Rocky Mountain and West Coast polls even closed, the ABC News forecast gave the GOP a 94.7 percent chance of maintaining control of the Senate.

U.S. politics expert, Dr James D. Boys, speaking to LBC, said that is more likely that a Republican challenger will get in the way of Trump securing a second term in the White House. Moscow denies meddling and Trump denies any collusion.

After a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues, Americans voted on Tuesday to determine the balance of power in the U.S. Congress and shape the future of Donald Trump's presidency.

"We didn't agonize, we organized", she said.

"Tremendous success tonight", the president tweeted.

Curbelo is a leader of the bipartisan Climate Caucus and bucked GOP leadership this summer by supporting a tax on emissions of carbon dioxide, a contributor to global warming.

The loss of the House is a serious blow to Trump who must now brace for the novel experience of oversight from Capitol Hill with Democratic committee chairmen promising constraints on his power that the GOP never attempted. Most of those are Democrats trying to keep their seats.

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The election saw all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of 100 in the Senate up for grabs, as well as 36 governorships, many of those state races toss-ups according to the polls.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) held on to that open seat in Tennessee for the Republicans, defeating Democratic contender former Gov. Phil Bredesen by a wide margin.

As polls began closing in one of the most bitter midterm elections in years, Democrat Sherrod Brown rode his blue-collar appeal to re-election in OH, a state Trump carried two years ago.

Some of the campaign's biggest Democratic stars lost. Liberal House member Beto O'Rourke became a national sensation with his underdog US Senate campaign but fell short in conservative Texas, and Andrew Gillum was trailing Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become the first African-American governor of the key swing state of Florida. In Virginia, Illinois and Florida, moderate Republicans lost. The Republican incumbent had been branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats in a race that pointed to Trump's unpopularity among college-educated women in the suburbs. Among them a record number of women and non-white candidates, but also many military veterans. Hispanic voters favored Democratic House candidates by 33 percentage points - higher than the 18-percentage point gap that Democrats enjoyed in 2014, the poll found.

As the one of the most volatile midterm elections in US history wound down, the Democrats pulled closer to the 218 seats needed for a majority.

But the return to split control of Congress after four years of GOP majorities will be a major test for the president, who has shown little ability to reach across the aisle.

The campaign unfolded against a backdrop of jarring political imagery, heated rhetoric and angry debates on immigration, health care and the role of Congress in overseeing the president.

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.

Republicans held on in what amounted to a home game for the party.

Investors often favor Washington gridlock because it preserves the status quo and reduces uncertainty, even though many investors this time around had been hoping for a continuation of the Republican agenda. And after two years in the darkness, Democrats have a means to fight back.

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