Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Democrats win control of the House in 2018 midterms, CNN projects

Democrats win control of the House in 2018 midterms, CNN projects

"The president spent the last week campaigning heavily for Senate candidates and we're seeing that pay off".

"I think everyone was bracing for any possible, insane scenario to show itself tonight but it basically looks like the baseline consensus forecast was correct", said Michael Purves, head of equity derivatives strategy at Weeden & Co, New York.

Sanders appeared on NBC after the network projected that Republicans would retain control of the U.S. Senate but lose the House.

Trump ramped up efforts to campaign on behalf of vulnerable GOP candidates in the run up to the midterms.

But with the party leading the House, Trump would be forced to compromise more - or risk presiding over an ever more divided country.

That would give the Senate the role of blocking House-passed Democratic initiatives on everything from health care to the potential repeal of tax cuts on the wealthy that the GOP enacted previous year.

The Democratic Party's chances of winning the majority in the House of Representatives during the current midterm elections are now at 82%, according to Fox News.

All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate, and 36 of the 50 state governorships were up for grabs when polls opened.

The Democrats picked up the 23 seats they would need to take from the GOP, and were expected to meet the 218 total needed to take control though more races were still undecided.

Pollsters, gun shy after getting their 2016 predictions wrong, urged caution.

"Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America", Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi told cheering Democrats at a Washington victory party, saying House Democrats would be a check on Trump.

Democrats have had mixed success in districts that backed former President Barack Obama and flipped to backing Trump.

As polls closed in more than half of USA states late on November 6, one of the most consequential elections in a generation was still too close to call.

Voters often sit out the midterms. One quarter of those casting a House ballot said they did so in part to support him.

Health care was at the forefront of IN voters' minds, with nearly 3 IN 10 naming it as the most important issue facing the nation IN this year's midterm elections - including 30-year-old Cordell Chaney, who works at a Fort Wayne wire and cable products manufacturer.

And on the streets there was a palpable buzz.

She says, "Maybe you get a ripple but I certainly don't think that there's a blue wave".

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

President Donald Trump is spending Election Day calling allies, tweeting endorsements and following news coverage, after concluding a six-day rally blitz in Missouri late Monday. "Now it's like the hottest thing". "That said, it may be just as likely - or even more likely - that we're understating the Democrats in the House".

"It's pretty evident that President Trump is politically toxic in many of these suburban districts across the country".

Voting in Chicago, James Gerlock, 27, a Republican, said he wanted to see more of the soaring economic growth that Trump says is the fruit of his business-friendly policies.

"I have and he's happy", Sanders insisted. "They can do whatever they want and I can do whatever I want".

Down the stretch, Trump hardened his rhetoric 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".

Trump has sent soldiers to the Mexican border, threatened to have illegal immigrants shot if they throw stones, and vowed to restrict citizenship rights.

In Texas, former presidential candidate Ted Cruz fought over a close race from Democrat Beto O'Rourke.

There was some consolation for Democrats as Senators Joe Manchin and Bob Menendez held on to their seats after tough campaigns in West Virginia and New Jersey respectively.

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