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Republicans Fight to Keep Control of the Senate in 2018 Midterms

07 November 2018, 08:27 | Kelvin Horton

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A number of races are so close that it may not be possible to declare a winner on election night leaving control of the House and Senate up in the air

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called the results "a good night" for the White House.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Manchin won a hotly contested race in conservative West Virginia, and Marsha Blackburn held a Senate seat for Republicans.

Democrats Ilhan OImar and Rashida Tlaib are also expected to make history in Minnesota and MI respectively as the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

She added that she specifically wanted to campaign for former Rep. Ron DeSantis over Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum because she is concerned that the Democratic candidate is "running as a socialist".

Six of the seven Democratic state senators unseated in the primaries were members of the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference, a coalition of wealthy Senate Democrats.

It won't feel like the tsunami many on the left were hoping for, but a steadily rising tide is still lifting Democrats to enough victories to give them control of the House for the first time in eight years.

The GOP's hold on the majority was complicated by an unusually large number of retirements as well as persistent infighting between conservatives and centrists, with much of the conflict centered on the question of allegiance to Trump.

She said: "When Democrats win and we will win tonight, we will have a Congress that is open, transparent and accountable to American people". In Colorado, Democrat Jared Polis becamethe nation's first openly gay governor. A CBS News exit poll offers some clues. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota seemed at greatest peril of losing.

At least one Senate race may not be decided Tuesday.

Republicans paved their path to victory by defeating Democrats Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Menendez won in the heavily Democratic state despite a federal bribery indictment that prosecutors dropped this year after a mistrial.

In fact, in that in race - where Joe Donnelly is seeking re-election - Democrats may be starting to sweat.

Around a dozen races from New Jersey to Nevada were seen as coin flips or at least competitive, prompting each side to spend hundreds of millions of dollars. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy advanced to a November 27 runoff election.

The president's strategy of emphasizing divisive issues risks backfiring on Republican candidates in suburban swing districts that probably will determine control of the House.

Public opinion polls and analysts suggested that opposition Democrats had an advantage in the battle for control of the House.

Down south in Georgia, race is key with claims of anti-black and minority voter suppression.

Firstly, in a broad sense, many see the midterms as a referendum on the performance of the sitting president, so poor performance for the Republicans could be an ominous sign of what's to come in 2020.

The Democratic candidates for the five contested seats on the county board were able to maintain their leads as voting results slowly trickled in Tuesday night.

"We did have two maniacs stop a momentum that was incredible, because for seven days nobody talked about the elections", the President said at a Missouri rally last week. "I think he's trying to divide this country", said Hutchins, acting executive director of a group that advocates on labor issues.

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. Lines snaked around polling places from California to Florida.

Democrats' fate depends upon a delicate coalition of infrequent voters - particularly young people and minorities - who traditionally shun midterm elections. Some of the lines were due to election glitches. "There are things the president would like to work with them on".

Once in control of the three branches of government, Democrats are expected to take on issues like access to abortion, health care and affordable housing.

Secondly, the surprise election of Trump in 2016 was the result of a few thousand votes being cast for him unexpectedly in Midwestern states that won him the electoral college. (Although early voting prior to Election Day was up, the turnout numbers don't necessarily reveal how constituents voted). The federal government warned of active campaigns by Russian Federation and other nations to disrupt the elections. State law also allows voters to mail in their ballots on Election Day.

But after almost two years of increasingly heated and polarised politics in the US, Democrats sought to turn anger into votes.

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