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Key US midterm races to watch - and when to watch them

08 November 2018

The Democrats appeared close to taking back the House on Tuesday in a victory that could slap a check on President Donald Trump's agenda over the next two years and lead to a multitude of investigations into his business dealings and his administration. In Utah, former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romey is a shoo-in to win the Senate seat vacated by GOP Senator Orrin Hatch; there is no Senate race in Oklahoma, and in New Mexico, incumbent Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich is running for reelection against Republican nominee Mick Rich, a businessman, and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, who served twice as GOP Governor of the state.

Republicans have held a supermajority in the state legislature and controlled 10 of North Carolina's 13 U.S. House seats. Joe Donnelly in IN and Republican Marsha Blackburn's win in Tennessee made it much more hard for Democrats to make inroads.

Democrats struck first in the battle for the House of Representatives, with Jennifer Wexton ousting incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock in a suburban Virginia district outside Washington, according to data provider DDHQ and U.S. media outlets.

You're still up either because Senate returns are really slow, or you are obsessing over Alaska's toss-up gubernatorial race.

There's been a lot of attention paid to the 25 GOP seats Clinton carried in 2016 - and rightfully so - but Democrats are also on offense in numerous dozen districts that swung from Barack Obama in 2012 to Trump four years later.

In Virginia's 7th District, a Republican-leaning area near Richmond, Republican Representative Dave Brat was trailing Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer.

A Democratic majority in the House would break the GOP's monopoly on power in Washington and give the party a check on Trump's agenda.

In southern Oregon, Democrat Jeff Golden, a river guide and public television production manager, edged Republican Jessica Gomez to take Republican Sen. And even though Harvey says none of the candidates particularly excite her, she is planning on voting for all the democratic nominees on the ballot.

A record number of American voters are participating in one of the most divisive and crucial midterm elections in recent history, widely considered a referendum on President Trump's policies and fiery rhetoric.

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.

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Trump is expected to observe Tuesday night's results at a watch party in the White House's residence with family and friends, according to Sanders' statement.

Americans are turning out in record numbers to have their say on President Trump.

The closing days of the midterm campaign have played out with split screen images of Democrats and Republicans emphasizing different messages to the voters they hope will show up to the polls on Tuesday. There's only two points between them; just 20,000 votes separated Clinton and Trump in 2016.

Voters between the ages of 18 and 34 backed Democrats by 62 percent to 34 percent, up from 2014 when 54 percent backed Democrats and 36 percent supported Republicans.

Trump was spending Election Day at the White House and tweeting support for Republicans in the toughest races. The Republican side of the aisle elected mostly white men.

Democrats for months have been favored by forecasters to win control of the House, where they need to net 23 seats to secure a majority. While Republicans confront serious headwinds in holding the House, the uniqueness of the contest in each of 435 House districts makes for a wide range in the potential number of seats Democrats may gain. GOP Rep. Karen Handel scored a four-point victory in a fiercely-contested 2017 special election against Democrat Jon Ossoff.

"We're going to win, based on data", Pelosi of California said at the Democratic campaign headquarters in Washington. In both Senate and House races, Democrats have focused heavily on health care and protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Democrats themselves sought to root their campaigns in more bread-and-butter issues, such as health-care and what they portrayed as Republican assaults on the popular aspects of Obamacare.

Texas candidates Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz (top), and Missouri candidates Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley (bottom) are in two of many very close Senate races that will be resolved as votes roll in. In Pennsylvania - a state that Trump won two years ago - incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf won re-election and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker won re-election in Massachusetts, CNN projected.

"I believe he values immigration, but he wants to make sure we're safe", said Tina Newby of Wetland, Michigan, a GOP voter. "Now we just need to heal the country so they can all work together". Yet it may be effective in largely rural states where he remains popular and where numerous closest Senate races are playing out.

Key US midterm races to watch - and when to watch them