Republicans Fight to Keep Control of the Senate in 2018 Midterms

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The questions of the hour: Which woman will win the Arizona Senate seat being vacated by Republican Jeff Flake?

The slim playing field for Republicans was even more surprising given the state of the economy.

Meanwhile, several 2020 presidential prospects easily won re-election, including Sens. Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp and Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded to GOP's Ron DeSantis for the race for Governor. But now the Democrats are harnessing military patriotism too.

Polls are now closed in 12 states, which means 41 states have completed voting.

Should he conclude that Trump committed a crime, a Democratic House could launch impeachment proceedings, but the process would likely come to a halt in a GOP-held Senate.

If Democrats manage to win the House of Representatives, Trump would be left without congressional support to move his agenda forward.

Americans are voting for all 435 seats in the House and 35 out of 100 seats in the Senate, a as well as state governors.

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The volatile midterm campaign was marked by clashes over race, immigration and trade.

Many Democratic candidates in tight races shied away from harsh criticism of Trump, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like maintaining health insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens.

Over a third of voters (38 percent) attributed their vote partially to opposing Trump, and nearly all of them said they voted for the Democratic candidate.

During an election-eve rally in Cleveland on Monday, President Trump claimed that mid-term elections, which used to be "boring", have now become the "hottest thing" because of him, attributing voter turnout and media attention to his presidency.

Trump - a 72-year-old former reality TV star and businessman-turned-politician - had hardened his rhetoric down the stretch on issues that appealed to his conservative core supporters, issuing warnings about a caravan of Latin American migrants headed to the border with Mexico and condemnations of liberal American "mobs".

U.S. stocks ticked higher in thin trading on Tuesday, as investors awaited the election results.

In the latest forecast by CNN's Harry Enten, Democrats are tipped to win 226 seats and the House majority while Republicans will win just 209 seats. On the contrary, if Republicans hold their ground, stocks could gain further, with hopes of more tax reform ahead. "I remember coming out of the White House one day in August and realizing it was the first time I'd been outside when the sun was still up in a long time", said Democratic strategist Chris Lehane, who worked in the Clinton administration during the Whitewater scandal.

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Facebook also blocked about 115 user accounts after U.S. authorities tipped it off to suspicious behaviour that may be linked to a foreign entity, the company said hours voting began.

Tuesday's elections also tested the strength of a Trump-era political realignment defined by evolving divisions among voters by race, gender, and especially education.

Approximately 40 million early votes - including absentee, vote-by-mail and in-person ballots - will likely be cast by Election Day, according to Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida who tracks the figures. And because so many people vote early, they are incomplete.

This should have us preparing for a very different political landscape beginning tomorrow - but after the surprises of Brexit and Trump's election in 2016, many are questioning the wisdom of election polling.

However, initial results - like the flipping by Jennifer Wexton of a previously solidly Republican Virginia seat in the House - signalled that pre-election predictions of Democrats taking over the lower chamber may be confirmed. Like Mr. Trump, Mr.

Shalala, running for elective office for the first time at age 77, won the 27th District over former television journalist Maria Elvira Salazar.

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