Democrats strike first as polls close in most U.S. states

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 8, 2018

All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and 36 of the 50 state governorships were up for grabs. In the race for a state Supreme Court seat, Democrat Anita Earls appeared poised to win after Chris Anglin and incumbent Barbara Jackson split the Republican vote. They have also talked about pushing for improvements to the Obamacare system.

Democrats would need all five of those races to go their way presuming they hold the seats they're expected to, plus pick up a seat in a longshot like Texas or Tennessee or MS to claim a majority.

As a result, most congressional analysts believe that the one thing that the Democrats in the House will be able to do without help from either the Senate or the President is "oversight".

USA stocks ticked higher in thin trading on Tuesday, as investors awaited the election results. "I think it's about the character of the country", he said in Wilmington, Delaware where he voted. "Today, we say enough".

Polling aggregator 538 is projecting that the Republicans will indeed lose control of the House of Representatives this time around.

Speaking on Fox News, Sanders said the candidates that Trump campaigned for are doing well. First-term Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen ousted him, attacking him for backing last year's Republican effort to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law.

But the final results in these races, if they're close, could take weeks to tabulate.

Polls in some 20 states - including MA - will close at 8 p.m., just after Ohio, West Virginia, and North Carolina wrap things up at 7:30 p.m.

After NBC Nightly News, NBC will be back with an election special at 8 p.m.

At least two lower-profile elections with presidential implications were decided after the first major wave of polls closed in the East.

Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin in West Virginia and Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin won re-election. And Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another potential 2020 contender, also won her race.

American voters poured out across their bitterly divided country Tuesday to deliver judgment on Donald Trump in midterm polls where opposition Democrats hope to seize at least partial control of Congress. But are the two parties so wide apart politically? He's campaigned for dozens of candidates at all levels of government.

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.

"We did have two maniacs stop a momentum that was incredible, because for seven days nobody talked about the elections", the President said at a Missouri rally last week.

The Democrats' path to the Senate was increasingly narrow, however.

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The party needed a net gain of 23 seats to break the Republicans' eight-year hold on the House that began with the tea party revolt of 2010. We're also keeping a keen eye on the outcome of gubernatorial races in hotly contested states such as Florida and Georgia.

Election workers assist would-be voters at First Ward Creative Arts Academy on November 6, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina. This time, they're sitting up.

At a poll site in Atlanta, voters waited in the rain in long lines that stretched around the building. "That said, it may be just as likely - or even more likely - that we're understating the Democrats in the House".

New Mexico's 2nd district is another key race: Susie Lee, a Democrat, is facing Republican Danny Tarkanian for the House seat held by Democrat Jacky Rosen, who is challenging Dean Heller, and Nevada's 4th district, where GOP candidate Cresent Hardy is facing off against Democrat Steven Horsford.

Fifty-five percent of women said they backed a Democrat for the House this year, compared with 49 percent who in 2014 said they backed a Democrat in the congressional midterm elections.

Pelosi has remained noncommittal amid speculation that she would step aside to make way for new leadership, regardless of the election results.

Like Monday Night Football, election night in America has become a made-for-television event.

Lavrov also reiterated Moscow's position that it is not meddling in US elections.

He said, "All the accusations that we will be meddling in today's elections turned out to be empty statements".

Voters reported that their No. 1 issue in this election was health care - mentioned by just under half of those surveyed.

A line of storms moved through the Deep South overnight and early Tuesday morning, knocking down trees and power lines from Louisiana to SC.

A separate storm front in central Tennessee overnight killed one person, injured two others and also left thousands without power.

An IPSO poll conducted ahead of the mid-terms found "investigating and potentially impeaching" Trump was the number one priority for Democratic voters.

As voters head to the polls Tuesday, nothing was certain.

The O'Rourke-Cruz race is one of a handful of Senate contests being closely watched and O'Rourke, a former punk rocker, has mounted a surprisingly tough challenge against Cruz in traditionally Republican Texas.

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