Democrats Win House Of Representatives, Republicans Have Senate Majority

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In Kansas City, an election board official reported that poll workers were locked out of a polling location for about 30-40 minutes Tuesday morning. Add Midterm Elections as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Midterm Elections news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

It's a tale of two chambers.

If control of the House comes down to several tight races in California, the nation may have to wait until Wednesday or even several days later for a final tally.

That ensures the GOP will be able to confirm Mr. Trump's nominees, including judicial picks. But the share of the country that could decide control of the House of Representatives might be smaller. Two independents, Jason Grenn from Anchorage and Dan Ortiz from Ketchikan, and three Republicans, Gabrielle LeDoux of Anchorage, Paul Seaton of Homer and Louise Stutes of Kodiak, joined with Democrats for a 22-18 majority coalition caucus.

FOX News is projecting that the Democrats will retake the U.S. House, but the GOP will retain control of the Senate. With that comes the ability to stop the Trump legislative agenda in its tracks and puts some teeth in congressional oversight of his administration. And after two years in the darkness, Democrats have a means to fight back. Ten women already in the Senate are not up for re-election.

Instead, Pelosi has promised to focus first on government and campaign finance reform measures.

Beto O'Rourke, a charismatic Democrat in a closely watched bid to dethrone Republican Senator Ted Cruz in Texas, told voters that Trump was wrong, describing his state as built from "immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees". The GOP now holds 12 of the 17 competitive seats, compared to just four for the Democrats.

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Voters also punished moderate Senate Democrats running in Trump-heavy states who opposed the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. In a best-case scenario, a political tailwind would push all the at-risk candidates across the finish line.

In a suburban battleground in Atlanta, Republican Rep. Karen Handel won a costly special election earlier this cycle but faced an upstart challenge from Lucy McBath, whose 17-year-old son was shot and killed at a gas station. But they failed to win the governor's mansions in OH and Florida, two big states where they'd had hopes for marquee victories. By contrast, there are no Democratic-held seats leaning toward the Republicans.

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Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump there by 20 percent in 2016.

In south Florida, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala defeated Republican Maria Elvira Salazar. Tighter Senate matchups, in Florida and in, appear headed to go down to the wire.

Across the country, despite Democratic gains, there were few signs of an overwhelming blue wave.

Incumbent Democrat Tom O'Halleran's race moved from "Likely Democrat" to "Lean Democrat", as the freshmen member continues to defend a seat in a district President Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016.

In a Fox News op-ed on Monday he wrote that the United States "has the best economy in the history of our country - and hope has finally returned to cities and towns across America". But what is on the minds of Americans as they head to the ballot box?

But with turnout a key unknown factor and pollsters still unsure about the effect of Trump's maverick style on voters, both parties admit that they may be in for nasty surprises. So another reason we need not be concerned about surprises in today's vote is that it was the idiosyncrasies of the U.S. presidential election system that turned a marginal error into a surprise president in 2016, and this system does not apply to the midterms.

Some of the campaign's biggest Democratic stars lost. If that's what voters are thinking about, it's an indication that Democrats accurately had the pulse of the electorate.

The committee also distanced itself from eight-term Rep. Steve King of Iowa after racial remarks, and his seat was unexpectedly contested in the final week of the campaign. 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.

Republicans now hold 33 governorships and 65 legislative chambers, with Democrats controlling 31 and 2 being tied, according to the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), which does not include Nebraska's nonpartisan, unicameral legislature in its count. The survey is separate from the traditional exit polls for the television networks.

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