What we know so far from the midterm election results


"I feel confident we will win, it's just a question of the size of victory".

Whether the new Democratic House chooses experience or fresh faces for its leadership will be an important factor in guiding and restraining the inquiries.

Democrats could derail Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House or the Senate.

The Republicans were likewise expected to keep their slim, 51-49 advantage in the Senate, or perhaps even add to their majority in the chamber. But while CNN projects that Democrats will take the House, Republicans will hold the Senate.

Democrats' current leader, Nancy Pelosi, has said she is not interested in moving to impeach Trump, but that won't stop a lot of them from agitating for it; 77% of self-identified Democrats supported impeachment in the exit polls, compared with just 5% of Republicans and 33% of independents.

"Democrats are inviting caravan after caravan, illegal immigrants to flood into our country", he said at a rally on the election's eve Monday.

Many Democrats, already benefiting from anti-Trump enthusiasm, focused 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 the elderly. I don't care what the fake media says.

Americans began casting votes early today to determine the balance of power in the US Congress and shape the future of US Donald Trump's presidency.

Americans voted for all 435 seats in the House, and female candidates stole the spotlight in an election cycle that had been billed as the Year of the Woman. When you participate in the political process, you can be a check on bad behavior.

There will be probes into the president's financial dealings, more on his connections to Russian Federation, inspections of the questionable policies and practices of some Cabinet members, and, says the next Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, "a deep dive" into ties between the USA and Saudi Arabia.

Within two hours of polls closing the closely watched midterm elections, Democrats quickly had a sign that the night might go their way when a key suburban district in Virginia changed hands. Victories in contested House races across Florida, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Minnesota gave them cause for optimism.

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Democrats are drawing strength from women and college-educated voters in general, who swung decidedly against Trump since his election. If not, the race for the next presidential election in 2020 is well and truly on. The Democrats, fuelled in part by O'Rourke's surge and energized young and Latino voters, are challenging Republicans in the increasingly progressive Lone Star state.

At every rally, Trump has vowed to his supporters that they will "win, win, win".

Overall, Donald Trump's approval rating among the electorate sits at 4 percent - which is almost spot-on the current RealClear Politics poll average of 43.6 percent.

Moreover, 56 percent of those surveyed thought the country was on the wrong track and 41 percent said it was on the right track.

Indeed, the election was in many ways a referendum on the president himself, two years after he beat most predictions and took the White House, even as he lost the popular vote. "That is particularly true when a president is unpopular, as this president is".

Thirty-five Senate seats were up for election in the midterms, as well as the controlling party for the 65 seats not on the ballot during this cycle.

Historically, though, Republicans have been more reliable voters in midterm elections.

Evans, a former school board member, said she's looking forward to the opportunity to serve Wake County again.

"The vast majority of women voters are angry, frustrated and they are really done with seeing where the Republican Party is taking them, particularly as it related to heath care and civility", said Stephanie Schriock, who leads EMILY's List, a group that help elect Democratic women.

(UPDATED with Pelosi call details) Facing a mixed bag of midterm elections results, Donald Trump had a rare moment of online brevity tonight when he finally stepped away from the TVs in the White House residence to address the still divided nation via his favorite platform.