Health care, immigration and economy top issues as Americans cast midterm votes

Health care, immigration and economy top issues as Americans cast midterm votes

In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams is seeking to become the first black woman to be elected governor of a USA state and in Florida, Andrew Gillum, the African-American mayor of Tallahassee, is waging a bitter battle against Trump acolyte Ron DeSantis. Joe Donnelly lost his bid for reelection in IN, and Republican Marsha Blackburn won the open Senate seat in Tennessee, a race that Democrats had hoped would slide into their column. Sen.

The Democrats, in turn, benefited from extraordinary voter enthusiasm, robust fundraising and unusually fresh candidates.

Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball published its final predictions on Monday, which included Democrats forecast to net 34 House seats and capture control of the lower chamber.

NBC's long-running "Saturday Night Live" has never been shy about making fun of Democrats along with Republicans.

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. It is now made up of 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats. Gillum conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally.

At a polling station in Arlington, Virginia, head election officer William Harkins said: "it's a very good turnout".

Democrats faced a far more hard challenge in the Senate, where they were nearly exclusively on defence in rural states where Mr Trump remains popular.

Whether they flip the House or not, Democrats are still expected to gain seats in the chamber, given the favorable political environment for Democrats.

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.

The airtight House contests are scattered across the country: Among them, Democrat Abigail Spanberger is challenging Republican Rep. Dave Brat in Virginia's 7th Congressional District; Democrat Danny O'Connor and Republican Troy Balderson are rematching in Ohio's 12th Congressional District; and Democrat Harley Rouda is challenging longtime Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in California's 48th Congressional District.

With voters going to the polls Tuesday, nothing is certain.

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Democrats won several of the Republican-held districts that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016, providing the backbone of their efforts to win the House majority. He was defeated by Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. Five of those races are considered toss-ups.

History was working against the president in the Senate: 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

"This was a hard campaign", Curbelo told reporters in Miami.

Pennsylvania looked particularly daunting for Republicans after court-imposed redistricting and a rash of retirements put several seats in play.

"The reasonable range of outcomes in the Senate still seems fairly wide, with a bigger GOP gain possible, or no gain at all or even a Democratic gain", they explained. Currently, there are 51 Republican senators, 47 Democrats, and two independents (Bernie Sanders and Angus King). She finished about 3 percentage points behind the incumbent in a Lexington-area district Trump won by 15 percentage points in 2016. Democrats were gaining speed in their quest for the House, which would give them the ability to launch investigations into the president and stymie his agenda.

"Tomorrow will be a new day in America", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who's in line to become the next House speaker should Democrats take the majority.

Trump is trying to defy historic omens that suggest that commanders in chief often get a rebuke from voters in the midterm election of their first term. Exit polls showed that 64 percent of voters said Trump was a reason for their vote.

Scott Bomboy is the editor in chief of the National Constitution Center. That could help Democrats because younger voters tend to lean their way. About three-quarters of the registered voters named health care as in important issue to their vote, according to recent Pew research. About two in 10 each choose the economy and immigration as their top issue, and just one in 10 say it's gun policy. A hilarious "SNL" skit that aired on November 3 depicted Democratic voters as being in a state of maximum anxiety over the 2018 midterms no matter how much they tried to pretend they were feeling optimistic-and according to a new Gallup survey, that skit isn't off base.

A record number of women were elected to the House on Tuesday, almost two years after women spilled out into the streets of Washington and in cities across the country in defiance of the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Democrats made healthcare and protecting the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, the central theme of their House and Senate campaigns, warning that people could lose coverage for pre-existing health conditions and other protections if Republicans kept control of Congress.

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