Eyes on Kentucky as early sign on House shift

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"Donald Trump went out and worked his tail off", Sen. Trump said in a tweet that did not mention the loss of GOP control of the House. Still, Trump brushed off criticism that he was alienating moderate voters as he continued his massive rallies and overheated rhetoric.

Tuesday's midterm elections could see the Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.

"I'd love to get along and I think after the election a lot of things can happen", Trump said.

And just look at how wide the playing field is - Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to take back the House, and they are targeting some 80 Republican-held seats. That was during Republican President Ronald Reagan's first term, when turnout among Democrats rose at twice the rate of increase among Republicans, according to Pew Research Center, resulting in a net gain of 26 seats for Democrats in the House. There are now 236 Republicans, 193 Democrats and six vacancies.

Two bright spots for Democrats: In Colorado, Jared Polis's win will make the outgoing congressman the first openly gay governor in USA history.

Democratic Senate incumbents were up for re-election, for example, in North Dakota, Indiana, and Missouri - states Trump carried by nearly 25% on average two years ago.

All 435 seats in the US House are up for re-election.

Their party had put high hopes in flipping the traditionally Republican Texas, but candidate Beto O'Rourke came up short against incumbent Senator Ted Cruz.

"It's a huge moment and victory for the president", Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at the White House Tuesday night.

Just 42 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the 2014 congressional midterm elections, the lowest turnout since at least 1964, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Republican Senate win was especially significant because that chamber confirms nominations, including for Supreme Court justices and federal judges, a top GOP priority.

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Democrats, meanwhile, have beat their drum on health care. Short of compromises, perhaps on infrastructure, its initiatives will go nowhere in the House. They have a much more favorable Senate landscape in 2020 and believe they will be able to take back the Senate then. The GOP will fall short of the 60 votes needed to break Democratic filibusters, procedural delays that kill legislation.

But most Democratic legislative candidates focused on "bread-and-butter issues", Hortman said in a recent interview. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., chairman of Senate Democrats' political arm.

All seats are contested every two years. Bredesen had promised a bipartisan approach if elected and had won the endorsement of music star Taylor Swift. McCaskill was denied a third term by Josh Hawley, 38, Missouri's hard-right attorney general, who called McCaskill too liberal for the state.

Democrats' longshot prospects for capturing a Senate majority were pinned on expectations that their supporters, roused by revulsion toward Trump, would surge to the polls. Democratic incumbents prevailed in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, which Trump carried narrowly.

Daudt said Republican candidates were running on expanding their popular record of reducing health care costs, cutting taxes, and increasing funding for roads and bridges and for schools.

President Donald Trump knows he's on the line.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump.

"Even though I'm not on the ballot, in a certain way I am on the ballot", Mr Trump said during a tele-town hall meeting organised by his re-election campaign on Monday to encourage Republicans to get out and vote.

"The broad question I keep asking myself is, are we at a point of a fundamental change in the American party system", Ensley said.

Several ambitious Democrats easily won re-election, including presidential prospects Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY. All three and Sherrod Brown, a pro-labor senator victorious in OH, are considered potential 2020 Democratic presidential contenders. Long lineups formed throughout the day in New Hampshire, Georgia, Texas and elsewhere, while other districts reported unprecedented levels of voter interest - Democrat campaign workers at one northern Virginia location cited a 63 per cent spike in interest over previous years. Davids is also openly gay.

AP VoteCast is a nationwide survey of more than 120,000 voters and nonvoters conducted for the AP by NORC at the University of Chicago.

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