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Democrats needed a net gain of 23 seats to control the House and gain a check on President Donald Trump. Ten Democratic incumbents ran in states Trump won in 2016. They won two seats in Florida, knocking off two incumbents there, and have won three seats in Pennsylvania, where court-ordered redistricting made the terrain more favorable to Democrats. Liberals hope that a Republican defeat in the midterm could halt this trend. Democrats will win at least 39 seats, according to projections, leaving 11 contests undecided.

"Sanders spoke to reporters at the White House Tuesday night, as election returns were still coming in".

Maybe the "blue wave" turned out to be a "blue ripple", Seth Meyers said on Late Night, "but hey, if you've been in the desert for two years, a little splash of water feels like a damn tsunami". And Trump, who campaigned heavily in rural states, can point to those Senate wins as evidence he can still drive his voters to the polls.

"I am very, very, very concerned about the Republican Party and the direction it has taken", said Pfradt, who said she used to be a Republican but now identifies as an independent". As of 3 a.m. Democrats were closing in on 30 seats, with a number of other pickup opportunities on the West Coast yet to be called. A separate Rasmussen poll suggested a repeat of the 2016 upset delivered by the so-called silent majority.

With the final days of the 2018 campaign interrupted by a spate of politically motivated attempted bombings and a massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, about 2 in 10 Democratic and Republican voters think their own party's way of talking about politics is leading to an increase in violence.

"Trump is the dividing force in this election", noted the USA Today newspaper.

President Trump figured large in Indiana's midterm election, as voters gave the president another ally in Congress by electing political upstart and multimillionaire businessman Republican Mike Braun to the Senate.

Almost two-thirds said Trump was a reason for their vote. He's campaigned for dozens of candidates at all levels of government.

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While a Democratic House would block some of Trump's plans, a GOP majority enables the president to continue restocking the American judiciary with judges that rule according to the Constitution rather than social agendas.

House Democrats could be banking on launching an investigation using the results of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's already 18-month-old probe of allegations of Russian interference on Trump's behalf in the 2016 presidential election.

"While midterm elections are typically referenda on the president, this one is even more so because Trump is such a divisive leader and he has done everything he could to place himself at the center of key campaigns", says Jordan Tama, associate professor at American University's School of International Service.

The party were most optimistic about the House, a sprawling battlefield set largely in America's suburbs where more educated and affluent voters in both parties have soured on Mr Trump's turbulent presidency, despite the strength of the national economy.

Opposition to Trump proved to be more a motivating factor for Democrats than support for the president a factor for Republicans. Voters were reported to be waiting for up to three hours to cast their votes.

At a poll site in Atlanta, voters waited in the rain in long lines that stretched around the building.

Even so, Democrats were confident, with Nancy Pelosi, the party's top leader in the House, saying "it's just a question of the size of the victory". Democrats believe that health care is a right for all.

Democrats were elected to more than 34 seats and now occupy a majority of the state Senate's 63 seats.